Japanese Maple
Family: Aceraceae (Other Members of Aceraceae)

Genus and Species: Acer palmatum

Leaves: Leaves can vary in shape, but generally are about 4-7" (10-18cm) in width and length. (View Measured Leaf) They are deeply lobed (5-7 lobes), each tip usually pointed, tips are tinged with red color. The leaves are opposite, doubly toothed and the color varies. (View Leaves)

Bark: Bark is usually dark brownish-gray, with varying ridges and knobs. (View Bark)

Fruit: Keys are 1-2" (2.5-5cm) long, vary in color and are incurved. (View Fruit)

Tree: The tree is usually only 20' (6m) tall or less and round. Usually short trunk, as pictured to left.

Range and Habitat: Not native to the United States. Native to Korea, Japan and China and usually found in moist and fertile soil. There are about twenty different species.

Japanese Maple Tree (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 10/9/02)
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