Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is one of the best known red acers, as it is a strong growing, reliable purple-leaved acer. This particular variety makes an excellent focal point in the garden and is a must for the Japanese styled garden. If you are looking for a splash of red from spring to autumn this tree ticks all the boxes. RHS AWard of Garden Merit.
- Position: Full sun to part shade tolerant of windy positions, but not coastal
- 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 open habit and vigorous growth
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Bloodgood'
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Care Info:
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.
Planting Advice for Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Tree
All Japanese maples should be planted with care. They can live to well over one hundred years, so it is worth taking some care in selecting and planting your tree. Preparation and planting is straightforward:
Dig a hole at least twice as wide and a little deeper than the root ball. Break up the bottom of the hole and add a 50mm or 2 inch layer of planting compost and grit mixture and chop into the bottom of the hole. Carefully remove the plant from the pot. If it is any way dry, water it before planting; ideally by soaking in a bucket of water until all of the air bubbles have disappeared. The surface of the root ball should be about 25mm or 1 inch below the soil surface. Mix the soil you have removed from the hole half and half with the same planting compost and grit mixture and use it to fill in around the root ball. Water well. There is no need to add fertiliser as Japanese maples do well on low nutrient levels. Finish the job with a bark mulch and keep it moist but not waterlogged through the first growing season.
Growing your Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple Tree in a container / pot
Many Japanese maples do very well in containers or pots placed on a patio amongst other plants and with correct feeding and watering, can live happily in a pot for many years. To pot up your maple:
Use a pot no more than twice the size of the pot the plant is bought in, do not over-pot. Use a good quality multi-purpose compost and add 10% grit to this; or alternatively use John Innes No.3. Top up each spring with a small amount of slow release fertiliser. Make sure the pot has good drainage holes and stand the pot on feet or tiles to allow free drainage through the bottom of the pot.
Remember to keep container grown plants well watered when they are in full leaf. Do not rely on the rain as most of the water will be shed away from the pot by the tree?s leaf canopy.
Pruning your Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple Tree
If you wish to prune your Japanese maple do any heavy pruning in January to February. Light trimming may be done in the summer.
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Big Plant Customer on 23 Jun 2017
Absolutely stunning tree will be back for more!