Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Flowers are small 0.6-0.8cm opening in early April in erect clusters.
Fruits are also in erect bunches, though may be hanging in some of the many cultivated types.
The Acer palmatum reaches heights of 6 to 10 m, often growing as an understory plant in shady woodlands. It may have multiple trunks joining close to the ground.
Acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached Britain in 1820.
They are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have long been a subject in art.
Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.