Japanese maple


: a maple (Acer palmatum) of Japan, China, and Korea with purple flowers and usually deeply parted leaves that is widely cultivated as a shrub or small tree

Examples of Japanese maple in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that camp: hostas, ferns, hydrangeas, Japanese maples, and many types of impatiens, coleus, and caladiums, among others. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Apr. 2024 But in back, a two-story accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, offers something different: a 21st century take on Arts and Crafts architecture inspired, in part, by a mature Chinese elm and a smaller Japanese maple, whose branches commonly graze what was formerly a garage. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 The patio has nice landscaping consisting of camellias, azaleas and a small Japanese maple. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 My Japanese maples are unfurling, and leaves are appearing on most of my deciduous shrubs. Janet B. Carson, arkansasonline.com, 4 Mar. 2024 The Japanese maple houses the little nest from the hummingbirds last year. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 29 Feb. 2024 In addition to showcasing some of the state’s most stunning blooms in an authentic Japanese setting, the Richard & Helen Devos Japanese Garden has a contemplative Zen-style garden, waterfalls, bonsai trees, Japanese maple trees, and serviceberry trees — the latter also bloom in spring. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2024 Clyde: The 85-acre campus arboretum of Haywood Community College has a small Oriental garden with reed grass, Japanese maple and a meditation pond. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Henri loudly praised my mother’s vol-au-vents, my father’s wine selection, the house, the furniture, our car, and the Japanese maple out front; Marie-Céleste nodded and smiled. Lucy Sante, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Japanese maple was in 1898

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“Japanese maple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japanese%20maple. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

Japanese maple

: a maple native to Japan, China, and Korea with usually green, red, or purplish leaves

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