The brilliant coral of the bark is the outstanding feature. at times the colour almost becomes fluorescent. The younger the wood the stronger the colour. The tones brighten in the fall and then intensify as winter approaches. The colour is especially striking in snow. Typically, for this type of Japanese maple, the small leaves have five to seven ovate-acuminate lobes that taper to a sharp point. The margins are toothed.
In the spring the light yellow green leaves have strong reddish margins, giving the tree a striking appearance. As summer approaches, the foliage becomes a bright, light green. The colour turns to a yellow gold in the fall, with a blend of apricot and light red.