The following was received via email: Hello! I am hoping you can help identify a Japanese maple tree for me. A friend of mine has this Japanese maple in his backyard, but he does not know the specific name or type. While I have looked in several maple identification books, as well as on the web, I too cannot seem to identify what kind of maple tree this is. I have attached a picture of both the tree and the leaf. Can you please identify this Japanese maple, or if not, can you please direct me to someone who could help me? Thanks.