Acer palmatum is a deciduous shrub or small tree reaching heights of 6 to 10 m (20 to 33 ft), rarely 16 metres (52 ft), often growing as an understory plant in shady woodlands. It may have multiple trunks joining close to the ground. In habit, its canopy often takes on a dome-like form, especially when mature. The leaves are 4–12 cm (1 1⁄2–4 3⁄4 in) long and wide, palmately lobed with five, seven, or nine acutely pointed lobes. The flowers are produced in small cymes, the individual flowers with five red or purple sepals and five whitish petals. The fruit is a pair of winged samaras, each samara 2–3 cm (3⁄4–1 1⁄4 in) long with a 6–8 mm (1⁄4–5⁄16 in) seed. The seeds of Acer palmatum and similar species require stratification in order to germinate,
'Shojo-TexaSun' is a low-growing spreading shrub, to around 2.5m high and wide, with pendulous branches bearing deeply-cut leaves. The leaves emerge deep purple with dark green colouring down the centre of each lobe giving them a two-tone effect. In autumn, the foliage turns a brilliant scarlet-red. Red flowers borne in spring may be followed by winged fruits in autumn.
USDA Zones 6-8