|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, 'Takinogawa' is almost identical to the species, has good autumn color, gold, yellow and crimson. Many cultivars with this name so at times there is confusion about the name.