Acer japonicum Thunb.
Acer japonicum is a tree.
Acer japonicum was described by Carl Peter Thunberg in 1784. The name is considered as validly published.
Acer japonicum is a species in the genus Acer which contains approximately 230 to 296 species and belongs to the family of the Aceraceae (Maple Family). The type species of the genus is Acer pseudoplatanus.
The trees have a rounded to broadly spreading canopy and reach heights of 8 to 10 metres.
Wood and Bark
Acer japonicum is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are palmately lobed and petiolate with dentate margins and palmate venation. They turn an attractive red in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Acer japonicum produces umbels of erect, dark-red five-stellate flowers in May.
The trees produce schizocarps.
Acer japonicum is native to Japan.
The trees prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
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