fullmoon maple Aceraceae Acer japonicum
Leaf:Opposite, simple, orbicular in outline with 7-11 deeply palmate lobes, 3 to 6 inches long, serrated margin, some cultivars so deeply lobed that leaf appears compound; light green above, pale pubescent below; orange to red fall color.
Flower:Species is monoecious; inconspicuous, small, red to purple, in terminal hanging clusters, appearing in early spring.
Fruit:Double samara, 1 inch long, divergent (90 degrees) wings, reddish brown, maturing in late summer.
Twig:Slender, slightly pubescent when young and becoming glabrous, red or green; buds broadly conical, green or red, base of bud hidden by tan, fuzzy fringe.
Bark:Smooth, light gray, becoming scaly.
Form:A small tree or large shrub, to 30 feet in height, round crown, typically multistemmed or branches low. Some cultivars have drooping branches.