The Japanese maple tree is considered a shrub or small tree inasmuch as it typically grows only to 16-20 feet tall but has a wide spread. Numerous cultivars are available, with the red-leafed Japanese maples being the most popular.
- Alternate Common Name: None
- Average Height: The Japanese maple tree is a deciduous shrub with a height of 16-20 ft.
- Average Width: The canopy of a Japanese maple can extend to 20 ft.
- Leaf Description: Japanese maple leaves are 1-5 inches long and wide and lobed with five, seven, or nine, very pointed lobes.
- Bark Description: Smooth gray-brown trunk that develops minor ridges as it matures.
- Twig Description: Fine long twigs with a smooth surface.
- Flowering: Individual flowers with five red or purple sepals and five whitish petals in the spring.
- Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
- Comments: The Japanese maple tree is native to Japan. Many cultivars of this species are available for planting. As they mature they create a "dome" shaped appearance.