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Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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

Citations eol.org