Japanese Maple or Smooth Japanese Maple

OTHER COMMON NAMES Arce del Japón, Arce palmeado púrpura.
FAMILY Aceraceae
ORDER Sapindales
SUBCLASS Rosidae
CLASS Magnoliopsida
DIVISION Magnoliophyta

It is native to Japan and Korea. It is a little, deciduous tree, its length is no more than 10m. It has a more or less rounded top. Its bark is smooth and grey. It takes rounded-like shape when younger and is growing. It takes a dome-like form when middle-aged. It has few roots and grows slowly.
Its leaves have 5-7 lobes. They have a length of 9-13 cm and a width of 11-17 cm. The lobes are ovoid and sharp and have sawed edges.
The Japanese maple has red and purplish flowers, which are grouped in hanging corymbs and appear before the leaves. They bloom freely and in middle spring.
Its fruit is a brown, double samara of a length of 5-6 cm. They have wings placed in obtuse angle and almost horizontal. After some months from flowering, the tree produces a huge number of seeds.