J is for Japanese maple

This is my post for the letter J in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  My theme is plants.

Japan has given Britain lots of plants.  Many of them have japonica as part of their names, indicating their country of origin.  Some are known simply as japonicas.  I could have picked a flower with a name beginning with J such as jonquil.  As there are no jonquils in our garden, but we have a Japanese maple in a sheltered position, there was no contest!

Japanese maple
Japanese maple

There are several varieties of Japanese maples.  All are grown for their colourful foliage.  Some have leaves, which change colour from spring to summer and again in the autumn.

The botanical name for this family of small trees or shrubs is Acer.  Now isn’t that a make of computer?

There are very short posts on Sue’s Trifles for the A to Z in April Challenge.


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