Scientific Name: Acer palmatum
Common Name: Japanese maple
Family Name: Sapindaceae
Origin: Garden origin, S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 3 - 4m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Fall interest, Shade tree, Specimen plant, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Opposite, Soft flexible, Palmate venation, Glabrous, Obovate, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Cyme, Yellow, Red, Apr
Fruit: Samara, Schizocarp, Green, Pink, Red, Brown, Jun-Jul-Aug-Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Leaves opposite, blades orbicular, most 4-12cm wide, palmately veined, most with 7 broad lobes, some cultivars with dissected leaves or with elliptic leaflets, margins serrate; fruit a schizocarp, 2-3cm wide, mericarps 2, samara-like, thick edge of wings at a 90-120 degree angle. Winter ID: buds, ovoid, have light brown hairs on a papery sheath that extends halfway up.