Cut-leaf Japanese maple trees are characterized by rounded stems with smooth bark, with serrated red or green leaves. They typically grow from 5 to 9 feet.
The leaves of these trees are typically considered their most attractive feature. They have several segments on each leaf stem that are serrated with tooth-like protrusions on each edge of the leaf. The branches are undulated and thickly layered, causing the canopy of the tree to consist of dense foliage. The leaves turn a deep orange color in the fall. They thrive in partial sunlight, as full sunlight causes them to be more susceptible to leaf diseases.