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.