Acer palmatum

(Photo by Bucky Shiver)

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Taxonomy (1)

Classification: Angiosperm, dicot
Family: Aceraceae
Common name: Japanese maple

General Information (1)

Region of Origin: Japan
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 5-8
Growth Habit: Tree

  • Size: 15-25 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Flowering: May-June
  • Fruiting: September-October

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (1)

  • Arrangement: Opposite
  • Simple/Compound: Simple
  • Shape: Lobed
  • Other: Doubly serrate, 2-5 inches

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Stem/Bark (1)

  • Color: Grayish

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Flower (1)

  • Color: Red-purple
  • Inflorescence type: Umbels

Fruit (1)

  • Fruit type: Samara
  • Size: 0.5-0.75 inch
  • Color: Red

Horticultural Information (1)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil type: High organic matter
  • Landscape Uses: Shrub border, accent plant

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1) Dirr, Michael A. (1990). Manual of woody landscape plants. Champaign, Illinois. Stipes publishing company.

Prepared by Bucky Shiver as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek