Problem Plant: Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)        

This native of Japan, Korea, and China was introduced in the early 1800s and is
currently a favored specimen plant. Due to its prolific seeding, this tree can
escape from cultivation and spread into forests where it becomes highly variable
with green leaves and a non-compact shape. It is listed as a problem plant by the
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council and is reported as invasive in nearby Rock
Creek National Park.

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