Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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(Maple) Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum 'Bloodgood'
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The Bloodgood Japanese Maple tree is known and respected by experienced gardeners for its stunning purple/red foliage color, which turns to a attractive rich scarlet red in fall. The rare quality of this Japanese maple tree type is the unique black to red colored bark, that creates interest and contrast to the stark white landscape in winter. Overall, this maple tree is slender in shape, is airy and can be used as a small lawn tree for patios and entryways. This by far is known to be the hardiest of all the Japanese maple trees, with a strong tolerance to sun. Expected growth rate is slow and its mature size is around 15-20' tall x 15' wide.

Planting & Care for Trees – Japanese Maples

Preparation

  • Japanese maples are noted for their lacy, finely-cut leaves, brilliant fall color, and delicate structure.
  • When you are growing Japanese maples, the trees need a location with full sun or partial shade.
  • The trees grow well in almost any type of soil as long as it is well-drained.
  • Adding a 3-inch layer of mulch helps the soil retain moisture and inhibits the growth of weeds. Pull the mulch back a few inches from the trunk to prevent rot.

Opening Plant Material

  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until it stops bubbling, then remove. You’re now ready to plant.
  • Scroll down and click on the orange rectangular box "Handling & Planting Guidelines" to see illustrations on how to plant properly. 

Planting containers

  • Plant in spring and fall
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it’s wider on the sides.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting

  • Containers - Although it is not essential for containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Corrective pruning to remove dead, dying, and diseased branches should be done in winter.
  • Prune branches that grow into the center or rub against each other. Remove smaller branches up to two inches in diameter first. Sugar maple makes dense shade; removal of some branches in the center will let in sun and air. Cut small branches just outside the "collar", the thick fold of bark at the junction of the branch and its lateral. Cutting "flush" to the main branch injures the collar and cutting too far out leaves a "stub", both lengthening the healing time for the tree.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos on Trees –  Japanese Maples

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Bloodgood maple tree is a smaller-sized gem that gets only around 15-20' tall and about 15' wide, forming a nice slender shape.
  • The nice burgundy colored foliage holds up beautifully and in fall, turns a stunning scarlet red.
  • Japanese maples are noted for their lacy, finely-cut leaves, brilliant fall color, and delicate structure.
  • When you are growing Japanese maples, the trees need a location with full sun or partial shade.
  • The trees grow well in almost any type of soil as long as it is well-drained.
  • Adding a 3-inch layer of mulch helps the soil retain moisture and inhibits the growth of weeds. Pull the mulch back a few inches from the trunk to prevent rot.
  • Corrective pruning to remove dead, dying, and diseased branches should be done in winter.
  • Prune branches that grow into the center or rub against each other. Remove smaller branches up to two inches in diameter first. Sugar maple makes dense shade; removal of some branches in the center will let in sun and air. Cut small branches just outside the "collar", the thick fold of bark at the junction of the branch and its lateral. Cutting "flush" to the main branch injures the collar and cutting too far out leaves a "stub", both lengthening the healing time for the tree.

How & When to Prune Trees

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B 250 22"  10'
12' B&B 325 24"  12'
14' B&B 500 28" 14'
16' B&B 600 30"  16'
2' B&B 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B 700 32"  9'
#3 container Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container 60 14" 12" 
#10 container 80 14" 14 
#20 container 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*Any items over 100 Ibs. or that are B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin for free. See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 5-8

Color: Purple, Red
Plant Size: 15-20' tall x 15' wide
Fall Color: Scarlet
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: No
Attracts Bees: No
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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