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"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   


Japanese Maple
(Acer palmatum)

Donated by Ruby Pernot
Tree Map Location: # 17
In Memory of Dr. Robert Pernot

Japanese Maple tree Japanese Maple leaf Japanese Maple seed Japanese Maple twig Japanese Maple bark

Leaf: Opposite, simple, orbicular in outline, 2 to 5 inches long, serrated margin, 5 to 7 deeply palmate lobes, some cultivars so deeply lobed that leaf appears compound; color highly variable depending on cultivar, commonly deep red.  
Flower: Monoecious; inconspicuous, small, red to purple, in terminal hanging clusters, appearing in mid to late spring.  
Fruit: Double samara, 3/4 to 1 inch long, divergent (90 degrees) wings, reddish brown, maturing in late summer and a bit persistent.  
Twig: Slender, glabrous, red or green; buds broadly conical, green or red, base of bud hidden by tan, fuzzy fringe.  
Bark: Smooth, light gray, with a somewhat fluted trunk.  
Form: A small tree, 10 to 25 feet in height, round crown, typically multistemmed or branches low. Some cultivars have drooping branches  
Source: College of Natural Resource Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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