Acer nipponicum
Common name: 
Nippon Maple
AY-ser nip-PON-i-cum
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, 50-65 ft (~15-20 m); bark smooth, gray-brown.  The terminal bud is often aborted or lacking.  Leaves opposite, simple, about 15 × 15 cm, base deeply cordate, 3 to 5-lobed, lobes shallow, oval and terminated in a short point, middle lobe largest, margin doubly serrate, upper surface with an embossed and uneven texture, light green, underside pubescent; turn golden yellow to brown in the fall; petiole, green, to 15 cm long.  Flower clusters (racemes) large, dense, and erect, appearing with the leaves.  Fruit wings 3 to 5 cm long, held at obtuse angles, nutlets globose (seeds often sterile).
  • Light to deep shade
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (5?) 6      Native to mountainous forests of Japan, at altitudes of 900-1800 m (~2900-5900 ft); rare.
  • Federal Way, Washington: Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

  • leafy branches

    leafy branches

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  • leaf, underside

    leaf, underside

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark