Acer palmatum (eastern Asia)
Habit: Exquisite large shrub or small tree, 4-6 m tall, 2-5 m wide, often with several stems; broader than wide when old; loose crown, slow-growing, 15-20 cm a year.
Flowers: After leaves shoot, reddish racemes; June.
Fruits: Initially reddish, very attractive.
Leaves: Five to eleven-lobed, deeply cut, changing, fresh green, glowing orange to red in autumn, October.
Roots: Flat, somewhat sensitive.
Demands: Prefers light shade, cool, humid areas protected from winter and wind, sensitive to late frost, heat and drought.
Soil: Likes slightly acidic, sandy-humic-loamy, well drained substrates, not heavy or compacted soil on which it hardly grows and is sensitive to frost when young.
Note: Do not cut Acer palmatum.
Hardiness: Zone 6b