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Red-Leaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

SKU
00070
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.
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Botanical PronunciationAY-ser pal-MA-tum at-ro-pur-PUR-ee-um
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 18 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasJapanese 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Firewise, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil consistently moist but not soggy.
Companion PlantsLily of the Valley Shrub (Pieris); Astilbe (Astilbe); Peony (Paeonia); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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