Maple, Japanese

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Acer palmatum


Native to:
Japan, Korea and China

Mature Height and Width:
15-25 feet by 15-25 feet

Additional Notes:
Japanese maple grows naturally in a wide variety of leaf color and shapes and overall tree forms in the forests of East Asia.  There, horticulturists have long developed domesticated varieties and artists have made this species the subject of countless works.  Since the early 1800’s, Japanese maple has been a sought- after landscape tree throughout the rest of the temperate world.  The palm-shaped, and in many cases bright red, leaves and delicate branching are perhaps the most prized characteristics of this species.