Red-Leaf Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

SKU
0070
Graceful deciduous tree displaying star-like leaves which hold an excellent reddish-purple coloring. Foliage makes an outstanding contrast with green leaved plants. Brilliant red fall color. Filtered sun. Moderately growing, open-branched small tree to 18 ft. tall and wide. Seed grown.
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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/Fire Wise, 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 NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureDramatic Foliage Color

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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