This species may be the most widely bred of the entire Acer clan. First A. palmatum plants are credited to Carl Thunberg who classified them after his return to Europe from Japan in 1820. Although called Japanese maple, the species is native to China and Korea as well. It's dark red coloring identifies this plant among the Atropurpureum group, first developed when breeding in the west began after 1857. But in Asia breeding dates back centuries. This dissectum form originated in the 18th century and represents a subspecies with Seiryu among the most upright of all forms.
This maple and its cultivars are essentials of the Japanese tea gardens. Its vivid leaves are considered to be the flowers of autumn. Maple is balanced in spring with the flowering cherries, which together are the quintessential symbols of seasonal cha