132818 Downy Japanese Maple Acer japonicum (Aceraceae) HEIGHT to 14m Similar to Smooth Japanese Maple, but bole is often even shorter; note also, differences between the leaves. BARK Grey and smooth. BRANCHES Upright and sinuous. LEAVES Hairy when young, with veins remaining hairy through the season. Leaves are lobed, but divided less than half-way to base, with forward-pointing teeth on margins. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Purple flowers grow in long-stalked, pendulous clusters, opening just before leaves. Paired, winged fruits, to 5cm across, have wings diverging widely; margins hairy at first. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Native of Japan, grown here for ornament; cultivar ‘Vitifolium’ is popular for its red autumn colours.