Acer palmatum - a woody plant native to East Asia.
japanese-maple is the common name for Acer palmatum, a woody plant native to Japan and East Asia. Ornamental cultivars of Japanese Maple are grown around the world for their attractive leaf shapes and colors. They are also popular in bonsai.
Japanese Maple is deciduous and grows to heights of about 6-10m. In the wild it often grows as an understory plant in shady woodlands.