|Scientific Name ||Acer palmatum |
|Usage/Symbolism||Japanese maples are grown around the world for their dramatic leaf shapes, leaf colors of red and purple and the fine leaf texture. |
|Other Interesting Information||The Japanese maple is native to Japan, North and South Korea, China and parts of Mongolia and Russia. |
They range in size from under 2 feet for the dwarf varieties to kingsize trees of over 30 ft.
They have low branches and have a rounded dome shaped crown, the leaves range from 4-12 cm long with either 5, 7, or 9 pointed finger like lobes.
Acer Palmatum was named by a Swedish doctor, Carl Peter Thunberg, he gave it the name "palmatum" after the handlike shape of the leaves.
|Research conducted by: ||Adam Solimani, BSA Troop 138 |