Acer capillipes is a species of maple tree that belongs to the family Sapindaceae. It is commonly known as the red snakebark maple or the snake bark maple due to its distinctive bark pattern, which is dark green and striped with white or light green. The species is native to Japan and Korea, where it grows in mountainous regions at elevations of up to 2000 meters.
Acer capillipes typically grows to a height of 10-15 meters, with a spread of 6-8 meters. The leaves are opposite and palmately lobed, with three to five lobes that are pointed and serrated. They are typically green, but may turn yellow, orange or red in the autumn.
The flowers of Acer capillipes are small and reddish-purple in color, appearing in clusters in the spring before the leaves emerge. The fruit is a paired samara, which ripens in the autumn and has wings that are angled outward from the seed.
Acer capillipes is a popular ornamental tree, valued for its attractive bark, autumn foliage and overall appearance. It prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. It is also relatively hardy, tolerating temperatures down to -20°C.