Sapindaceae. An upright, slow-growing, vase-shaped form, it is commonly called coral bark maple in reference to its distinctive and showy pink bark which provides excellent color and contrast to landscapes in winter. Pink coloration is less pronounced to almost absent in summer. Palmate, 5- to 7-lobed leaves with serrate margins emerge yellow-green with reddish margins in spring, mature to light green by summer and turn yellow-gold in fall. Small reddish-purple flowers in spring are somewhat attractive on close inspection, but are not showy from a distance.
Easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade Avoid hot and dry sites, and protect from strong winds.
Ht. 7 m. Japan ***