Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' is a small tree of bushy habit, with deep purple leaves divided into about 7 lobes, and becoming red in autumn. Inconspicuous red-purple flowers in spring may be followed by winged, purple fruits. Deciduous. Prefers partial shade / full sun in a sheltered South-facing, West-facing or East-facing garden. Grows well in loam, clay, sand or chalk soil. Height and spread 4-8m.
- Position: Dappled / part shade, out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
- Eventual Size: 3 to 4 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: Deciduous compact, bushy, rounded tree
- Foliage: Red in spring, red and purple in the autumn
- Common Names: Purple Japanese maple
Japanese Maples are best pruned when fully dormant (November to early February), as maples bleed sap from pruning cuts at other times, weakening the tree. However, pruning is still best kept to a minimum as the most graceful shape comes from a tree that has been allowed to develop fairly naturally. As a result, just remove badly-placed or crossing shoots to encourage a good framework of branches to form. Where you do need to reduce height and width, follow long branches back to a side branch and pruning it out at this point. This is not necessary on prostrate-growing trees because they should be allowed to spread naturally to gain the best effect.
Please refer to our: Japanese Maple Growing Guide
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Anne on 4 May 2017
Beautiful plant looks lovely and healthy