It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree reaching a height of 5 –20 m with a trunk up to 50cm diameter. The leaves are in opposite pairs, 2.5–8.0 cm long and 3.5–6.5 cm broad, hard, glossy dark green above, paler below, usually with three lobes; on mature trees the lobes forward-pointing and with smooth margins, on young trees with more spreading lobes and serrated margins.
Leaves are (dark) green, and colour red and orange in autumn. The tree is strong and can take aggressive pruning/styling very well.
They respond well to ramification the division of the trunk and branches into smaller ones into increasingly smaller branches, making trees, shrubs and bushier and denser.
Short internodes (the section of stem between nodes, i.e. areas where leaves are produced) help increase ramification in those plants that form branches at these nodes. Long internodes (which may be the result of over-watering, the over-use of fertilizer, or a seasonal "growth spurt") decrease the grower’s ability to induce ramification.
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