|Acer japonicum is a tree in its native habitat and a large tree-like shrub in cultivation. This bushy, deciduous tree with rounded mid-green leaves turn red in the autumn. Small, red-purple flowers appear in April in long drooping corymbs. Leaves tend to scorch in hot, dry weather.
The cultivar, 'Attaryi' is a large, upright shrub or at times a tree to 35 feet tall. Green leaves are very large, deeply cut in 7 to 9 lobes with serrated edges. In the autumn, leaves turn scarlet or an orange-yellow.