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Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

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Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood') at Tagawa Gardens

Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood') at Tagawa Gardens

Bloodgood Japanese Maple foliage

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Description:

Possibly the most popular of all feature trees for the home landscape, with rich burgundy-purple palm-shaped foliage all season long and a very artistic spreading growth habit; put it in the front yard and give it lots of room to grow

Ornamental Features

Bloodgood Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It features subtle corymbs of red flowers rising above the foliage in mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive burgundy deciduous foliage which emerges deep purple in spring. The lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Bloodgood Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bloodgood Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Bloodgood Japanese Maple will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Colorado Sun Requirements

In Colorado, Japanese maples should only be planted in a location that receives morning sun. No mid-day or afternoon sun.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features

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