Japanese Maple
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Japanese Maple
D Introduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Japanese Maple
Botanical name: Acer palmatum    Family: Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

Japanese Maple is deciduous shrub or small tree reaching heights of 6 to 10 m, reaching a mature width of 4.5-10 m. It has been cultivated in Japan for centuries. It may have multiple trunks joining close to the ground. In habit, its canopy often takes on a dome-like form, especially when mature. The leaves are 4-12 cm long and wide, palmately lobed with five, seven, or nine pointed to tapering lobes. The flowers are produced in small cymes, the individual flowers with five red or purple sepals and five whitish petals. The fruit is a pair of winged samaras, each samara 2-3 cm long with a 6-8 mm seed. Japanese Maple is native to Japan and Korea, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, Akhtar Malik Photographed in cultivation in Uttarakhand & Kashmir.

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