Art Wall Japanese Ice Tree by John Black Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Seen during John Black's Travels and through his lens, during a period when he was looking to find more meaning in his life. This tree is one of his best and his premier piece of work. This piece shows one of the most beautiful trees in the world. The Japanese Maple Tree or Acer Palmatum, has been the subject of this piece of color for it's vibrant colors and shape. These trees are popular for their beauty and majesty. The Japanese Maple or Acer palmatum, goes back centuries to the 1800's in the orient and although they were less varieties there are now thousands of species. It is a native tree to Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, eastern Mongolia and southeast Russia. Japanese Maples are grown worldwide for their attractive leaf shapes and colors. They are highly popular and are relatively costly trees given their size. There are over 1000 species of these beautiful trees and more are being developed each decade.