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Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum

Family: Aceraceae

Preferred Habitat: middle altitude forests in generally moist soil types, such as those in the northern part of Taiwan

Range: originally spanning Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea

Height: up to 7.5 meters (25 feet)

Leaves: 13 cm long and equally wide, simple, opposite, with 5, 7, or 9 doubly toothed lobes

Flowers: combination of yellow stamens and reddish purple sepals in mid spring, found in clusters of about 10, hanging from end of twigs

Fruit: 2 cm long samaras turning reddish-purple in the summer, becoming brown in the fall

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: the Japanese Maple have a great tendency to mutate, and thus there are around 1100 varieties world wide