Japanese maple

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Japanese maple - Acer palmatum  'Bloodgood'

Common Name: Japanese maple
Genus: Acer
Species: palmatum
Cultivar: 'Bloodgood'

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce. Palmatum is a reference to the hand shaped leaves.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Purple, RedFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This upright Japanese maple is one of the best purple-leaved varieties.It has deeply cut dark red-purple leaves that turn bright red in autumn and tiny purple-red spring flowers. Try it as a focal point in a small contemporary or minimalist garden where the intensity of the autumn colour can really sing. It needs a sheltered spot away from strong winds or all-day sunshine.

  • Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of a newly planted tree in late spring and keep well watered. No routine pruning is necessary. Remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in April when the plant is in full growth.

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