What is the plant
is broadleaf deciduous tree. It is a species of maple. Acer oliverianum has a smooth bark that is jade green in colour, with fine white waxy stripes. It grows up to 20 meters wilderness areas of Taiwan but usually only grows to 5 to 8 meters when cultivated. It has more or less horizontal branches, and looks similar to Acer palmatum the Japanese Maple.
The leaves are opposite and simple being 6 to 10 cm across, with base truncate or cordate. The leaves are 5-lobed and palmate. The lobes are ovate, the middle lobe having 5 to 8 pairs of lateral veins with minor veins finely reticulate.
Flowers are whitish with five purplish sepal . They have five white petals and eight stamen that are longer than the petals.
The fruit are glabrous ranging from 2.5 to 3 cm long that spread at a wide angle.
A deciduous tree usually to 10 m, rarely taller. Bark greyish-brown, smooth. Branchlets glabrous, purplish-red or greenish, sometimes bloomed, turning darker. Buds ovoid, with 4 pairs of scales. Leaves broadly pentagonal in outline, base subcordate to truncate, 3- to 5-lobed, 5–8 × 5–9 cm, lobes apically acute or acuminate, margins sharply serrulate, upper surface mid-green, lower surface glossy green, glabrous except for tufts in vein axils; petiole 2.5–6 cm long, red or green, glabrous, autumn colours yellow to orange. Inflorescence, terminal, corymbose. Flowers 5-merous, usually dioecious, pedicels long and slender, sepals and petals oblong to broadly ovate, sepals red, petals white, petals as long as sepals, stamens 8, inserted inside the nectar disc. Samaras 2.5–3.5 cm long, wings spreading nearly horizontally. Nutlets ovoid. Flowering in May, with unfolding leaves, fruiting in October.
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