The green Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) is originally from Japan, China and Korea. It owes its botanical name to the hand-shaped leaves with in most cases five pointed lobes (palma is the Latin word for the palm of hand).
The bark of younger trees is normally green or reddish and turns light grey or greyish brown with age. The greenish yellow flowers stand in clusters, appear in May - June and develop into maple seeds shaped like little paired winged nuts which float to the ground like propellers when mature.
There are countless cultivars of the Japanese Maple with manifold leave colours and shapes and diverse habits and sizes, which are very popular as ornamental shrubs.
The young shoots in spring have yellowish, orange or even bright red leaves. The Japanese Maple is also well-known and popular for its very attractive yellow, orange and red autumn colours
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