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Japanese Maple ‘Bloodgood’ | Plant Profile

Japanese Maple ‘Bloodgood’ (Acer palmatum) is a low growing ornamental tree that is native to Asia. Often referred to as a shrub, these trees can grow as wide as they do tall. The leaves can grow up to 5″ long with the classic ‘toothed’ maple look. Small purple flowers and reddish-purple leaves bloom in spring. As the year progresses, the leaves become darker shades of red and purple.

‘Bloodgood’ prefers consistently moist, well drained soils with good fertility in full sun. Scorching may occur if soils dry out. If soils are not organically rich, fertilize in spring. Avoid pruning these trees unless necessary, and pruning should only be done in mid winter.

The showy reds and purples of ‘Bloodgood’ make it a popular ornamental piece in landscapes. Their small size make for beautiful entrance accents to a driveway. They can also be aligned to create or compliment a fence or border. ‘Bloodgood’ can even be cultivated into a bonsai.


Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood' Characteristics

While Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood' often have one trunk, these ornamental trees can become multi-stemmed, resembling more of a shrub. The small flowers are not showy from afar, but can be quite attractive up close. 'Bloodgood' propagate by samaras, often called "helicopters". Samaras have a seed contained at the base with a wing that causes it to spiral to the ground.

'Bloodgood' are low maintenance trees if installed in appropriate locations and with proper care. They should be minimally pruned, if at all. Pruning in the summer can cause significant damage to these trees. New foliage is vulnerable to scorching if in direct sun and given too little water. To help prevent this, a layer of mulch to help hold in moisture is recommended. Strong winds can damage the branches. Some fertilization may be necessary. If the soils are too high in pH, chlorosis can occur. Foliage tends to bloom early in the spring and can be damaged by late frosts if not protected.

Japanese Maple are vulnerable to some disease and pestilence issues. Root rot can happen if the soil is poorly drained. Other diseases include stem canker, leaf spots, fusarium, verticillium wilt, botrytis, and anthracnose. Some potential pests include alphids, scale, borers, bagworms, weevils, and mites.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
15.00 - 20.00
15.00 - 20.00'
Bloom Time
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?