2014 Fall Semester
Common name : Japanese Maple
Botanical Name : Acer palmatum
Location at PRMS: In the south, east lawn, in front of the auditorium.
Plant type: Decidious tree
Sunset Zones : A3 2-10, 12 ,14-24
Sun requirements: Part sun
Water requirements: Water is critical to the Japanese Maple
Origin: North and south Korea, China, and Mongolia
Description : Glowing red in the spring. They make good small street trees. Purplish or bronze to bronzy green leaves, brighter in the sun . Shrub or small tree generally 6-10m tall with low branches and a rounded to dome-shaped crown , native to japan.
Leaves: 2 to 5 in. opposite, simple leaf with 5 to 9 lobes; green during summer; yellow, bronze, purple to red fall color.
Flowers: Small red to purple flowers; attractive if viewed closely but insignificant from a distance.
Interesting Facts : Japanese maple (acer palmatum) does not come from japan . Acer palmatum was named by sweedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg , who traveled in Japan in the late 1700s and returned with drawings of this small tree . Developed of cultivars started in Japan in the 1700s , where patient and discerning gardeners selected and bred or used grafting to propagate attractive variants in leaf lobing , toothing , leaf color .