The Q&A Archives: Looking For A Particular Plant

Question: I am looking for a shrub that is light green with feathery leaves and turns a fire red in the fall. The shrub is full and somewhat oval shaped. I saw some several years ago and as a joke a friend put glasses on the plant and it resembled Cousin It from The Adams Family. That is the best way I can describe this plant. I would like to know the name of it because I would like to put some around my home.

Answer: There may be other possibilities, but the plant that most readily comes to my mind is Acer palmatum, the Japanese Maple. It's slow growing, multi-stemmed, and has an airy and delicate appearance. The leaves are feathery, soft green in the spring, turning to scarlet in the autumn.

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