Acer palmatum Thunb.

Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal. 4: 36,40 (1783) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Wide-crowned, shrub or deciduous tree to c. 7 m high; andromonoecious. Leaves palmately 5(7–11)-lobed, 5–10 cm long and wide, nearly truncate at base, virtually glabrous, usually with a tuft of short hairs near the attachment of the petiole; lobes typically divided to within c. 1 cm of petiole, occasionally completely divided; margins irregulary serrate; petioles 15–35 mm long. Flowers in short, semi-pendent, terminal racemes to c. 4 cm long, appearing with or before leaves; pedicels slender, 3–6 mm long; sepals narrowly obovate, c. 3 mm long, purplish-red; petals broadly obovate, shorter than sepals, pale yellowish or tinged pink; nectary disc annular; stamens 8, c. 4 mm long in male flowers, shorter in female flowers, inserted within disc; ovary glabrous. Samaras c. 1.5 cm long, the seed compartment broadly ellipsoid, c. 4 mm long, wings spreading at an obtuse angle. Flowers Sep.–Oct.

*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *VAlp. Weakly naturalized in cooler areas near cultivated plants (e.g. Dandeong Ranges, Rawson).

Native to north-eastern Asia. Widely grown for ornament with great variation in stature, degree of division of leaf-lobes, serration of leaf margins, and autumn foliage colour. More than 1000 named cultivars are known.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-10
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-10
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Sapindales
family Sapindaceae
genus Acer
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Acer palmatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Acer palmatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory