The leaves of Japanese maple are palmately lobed with 5 to 9 lobes. The leaves are up to 12 cm (4.7 in) in diameter. The petiole is red. The leaf margin is serrated.
The red flowers are fragrant and hang on corymbs.
The fruit is a samara with two winged nutlets. The samara are arranged in pairs, numerous, red and form a shallow angle.
The branches are brown.
single tree in small gardens, patios or roof gardens.