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Red-Leaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Pronunciation: AY-ser pal-MA-tum at-ro-pur-PUR-ee-um
SKU #00070
5-8

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OVERVIEW
Description A delightful small tree with gracefully branched stems that hold beautiful, palmate, red-purple leaves. The stunning foliage holds its color well throughout summer, then turns a brilliant red in fall. Well-suited for use as a small lawn tree. Use for striking contrast in a woodland garden or urban setting. Deciduous.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy.
Blooms Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 18 ft. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Deciduous
Special Features Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Rounded
STYLE
Landscape Use Container
Design Ideas Japanese maples are a must in any Asian-themed garden or small urban landscape. This delicate, shade loving tree can be planted in a natural grove of much larger trees to take advantage of the shelter the high canopy has to offer. Their preference for acidic soils also make them perfectly adapted to grow alongside needled evergreens, Hydrangeas, Camellias, Azaleas and Holly. Add this tree to containers or foundation plantings close to your outdoor living space where they provide texture and dappled shade without crowding windows, patios, or decks.
Foliage Color Purple
Companion Plants Lily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Astilbe (Astilbe); Peony (Paeonia); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
CARE
Care Provide slightly acidic, well-drained soil; shelter from drying winds. Avoid harsh afternoon sun exposures in hot summer areas. Mulch to keep root zone cool. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply slow-release fertilizer in early spring.

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