Bloodgood Japanese Maple
Botanical Name: Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
Alternate Name: Bloodgood Maple
The Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’) is a popular landscaping choice for a small red/purple-leaved Japanese Maple tree or large shrub. This tree is grafted. The attractive foliage consists of 5-7 pointed lobes, and the color is a very deep-red, which deepens to purple later in the summer.
Bloodgood Japanese Maple then develops a beautiful crimson fall color. It is a vigorous, sturdy, and dependable tree, with an upright form and a rounded crown that spreads wider with age. The tree develops graceful, horizontal branching.
The foliage can burn in the sun in hot areas or with insufficient irrigation, so some afternoon shade is preferable. Foliage color develops a richer hue in the shade. In cooler areas, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ will flourish in full sun.
The Bloodgood Japanese Maple offers interest year-round. It develops beautiful, red-purple flowers in the spring. These are followed by eye-catching fruits, which are brilliant red-colored samaras (winged fruit) that look stunning against the tree’s gray bark and new purple twigs. After the flower and fruit display, the new reddish purple leaves unfurl and cover and develop a canopy.
Bloodgood Maple roots appreciate mulching to keep the roots cool and conserve moisture. These trees are low maintenance and require little pruning.
Height: 15-20 ft.
Shape: Round, Globular
Flower Color: Red
Fall Color: Bright Crimson
Features: Red flowers, followed by samara fruit (flat-winged seed).
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade, some afternoon shade needed in hot locations
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Slightly acid (pH 5.5-6.5), tolerant of various soil type but at risk of developing verticillium wilt in heavy, clay soils
Growth Rate: Fast
USDA Zones: 5-8
Uses: Specimen tree, container or above-ground planter, Japanese gardens, small gardens, patio tree, urban gardens
Similar Trees: Acer palmatum ‘Emperor I’ (Emperor 1 Japanese Maple), Acer palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Queen' (Crimson Queen Japanese Maple), Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Orangeola' (Orangeola Japanese Maple), Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' (Seiryu Japanese Maple), Acer palmatum dissectum 'Tamukeyama' (Tamukeyama Japanese Maple)