|Acer shirasawanum is a small tree or shrub, flat topped with bright yellow leaves turning to red in the autumn. Pale yellow with purplish sepals appears in May. This cultivar, 'Palmatifolium' a tree-like shrub, as tall as wide. Leaves are 11- lobed and deeply incised with sharp apices. This cultivar is a beautiful selection of the species and has been in cultivation for many years. Unfortunately, the leaves drop rather quickly.