Taxon: Acer palmatum Thunb.

Genus: Acer
    Section: Palmata
Family: Sapindaceae
  Subfamily: Hippocastanoideae
      Tribe: Acereae
Nomen number: 1187
Place of publication: J. A. Murray, Syst. veg. ed. 14:911. 1784 May-Jun (Fl. jap. 162. 1784 Aug)
Name Verified on: 02-Apr-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-Jun-2009
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 127 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • Japanese maple  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • smooth Japanese maple  (Source: BSBI) - English
  • érable du Japon  (Source: Maples) - French
  • Fächerahorn  (Source: Maples) - German
  • iroha-kaede  (Source: F Japan) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • iroha-momiji  (Source: F Japan) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • takao-momiji  (Source: F Japan) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • japansk lönn  (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn) - Swedish
  • ji zhua feng  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese
  • danpungnamu  (Source: F Korea) - Transcribed Korean

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; Maples)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, - Honshu, - Kyushu, - Shikoku; Korea, South

  • Cultivated:

    • :
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin). 2009 (Vara kulturvaxt namn)
  • Botanical Society of the British Isles BSBI taxon database (on-line resource). (BSBI)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. 1959- (F China)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Gelderen, D. M. van et al. Maples of the world. 1994 (Maples) 116-119.
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. Flora of Japan. 1993- (F Japan)
  • Lee, Y. N. Flora of Korea. 1997 (F Korea)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Meyer, F. G. et al. A catalog of cultivated woody plants of the southeastern United States. 1994 (L CultWPl SE US)
  • Murray, A. E. A monograph of the Aceraceae. Ph.D. diss., Pennsylvania State Univ. 1970 (Monog Acer)
  • Ohwi, J. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.). 1965 (F JapanOhwi)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). 1994- (F ChinaEng)


Check other web resources for Acer palmatum Thunb. :


  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image