Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple: Full Tree - Click for larger image
Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

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Japanese Maple: Leaves - Click for larger image
Japanese Maple: Fruit - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

  • Reddish-brown twigs usually without terminal bud

  • Small, reddish-purple flowers appear in early spring as upright or drooping clusters

  • Small, paired keys with rounded seeds (not flat)

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Bark

  • Grey, smooth

Distribution & Uses

  • Prefers well-drained, moist soils

  • Native to Japan, Korea, and northeast China

  • Two small species of Japanese Maples are commonly cultivated: Acer palmatum and Acer Japonicum (Fullmoon Maple)

  • Planted for ornamentation

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Japanese Maple: Bark - Click for larger image