Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Atropurpureum'

Red-Leaf Japanese Maple

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Red-Leaf Japanese Maple is a small upright deciduous tree with a broad-mounded crown and contorted low branching. Long deeply dissected, almost lace-like palmate leaves emerge purple-red and mature to purple-tinted green before turning a showing orange-red in fall.  Small non-showy umbels of red flowers bloom mid-spring followed by samaras. Grows best in rich, moist, slightly acidic well-drained soils.  Prefers full sun in cooler climates, but needs afternoon shade in southern areas.

Type: 

Tree

Height:

6’-8’ 

Spread: 

6’-8’

Spacing: 

6’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5-8

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest:

Fall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low maintenance.  Water regularly. Mulch in southern climates to keep roots cool.  Keep pruning to a minimum and prune in fall or winter. Potential issues include stem canker, leaf spots, fusarium, wilt, botrytis, anthracnose, and root rots.  Potential insect pests include aphids, scale, borers, root weevils, and mites. Chlorosis may occur in high pH soils

LANDSCAPE USES: Group Plantings or Specimen Tree, Naturalized AreasWoodland GardensPrivacy ScreenStreet Treeand Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Pieris, Astilbe, Japanese Forest Grass 

Image: Jean-Pol GRANDMONT, Acer palmatum Atropurpureum JPG1fuA, CC BY 3.0

 

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