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Acer palmatum

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Description
Acer palmatum, commonly known as Japanese Maple, is a widely known ornamental tree with hundreds of cultivars. Both its Latin name and Japanese name (momiji) refer to the hand-like appearance of the tree’s five, seven, or nine pointed leaves. This tree commonly grows from 10 to 25 feet tall, but can also reach 40 feet in height - though it is also a popular choice as a bonsai tree. Currently, red varieties of this tree are most popular.
Hardiness
-20 - 20 F
Bloom Time
May
Provenance
Uncertain
Range
Japan; S. Korea; Taiwan; E. China
Habitat
Temperate forests between 100-1100 meters.
Topic
Trees
Living Collections
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Smithsonian Gardens Tree Collection
On Display
Hirshhorn Museum
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Accession Number
2011-0169A
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Common Name
Japanese Maple
Japanese Threadleaf Maple
Laceleaf Maple
Group
[vascular plants]
Class
Equisetopsida
Subclass
Magnoliidae
Superorder
Rosanae
Order
Sapindales
Family
Sapindaceae
Genus
Acer
Species
palmatum
Life Form
Deciduous tree
Bark Characteristics
Gray main, twigs shiny green and red
Bloom Characteristics
Red or purple
Fall Color
Yellow, orange, red, or purple
Foliage Characteristics
5, 7, or 9 lobed palmate leaves, 2" to 5" long, arranged oppositely.
Fruit Characteristics
Samaras .5" to .75" long, reddish to green
Structure
Rounded to broad-rounded
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ax737d87175-2ab0-46ed-97ab-237486b436f5
Record ID
ofeo-sg_2011-0169A
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
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