Japanese Maple

Acer plamatum

This imported ornamental does well in partial shade. It is especially good for small gardens and on terraces because of its small height and color. Most young leaves are reddish, and some will turn green in early to mid-summer. The red leaves will have the deepest color if grown in full sun. The fall fruit has half-inch wings forming a broad arch by which it propels its way to the earth. In the winter the Japanese maple is recognized by its buds. They are small and almost hidden by the leaf scar which forms a collar around the bud.