Maple, Japanese - Atropurpureum
Maple, Japanese (Atropurpureum)
Set your garden aflame with the stunningly majestic colors of the Red Japanese Maple, a magnificent small yard tree with enchanting beauty and natural hardiness…
What distinguishes the lovely Red Japanese Maple?
Breathtaking foliage with splendid summer and fall colors.
Interestingly designed leaves.
Compact size, making it ideal for small yards and spaces.
Resilience against major pests and diseases.
Tolerant of humidity and heat.
Ornamental beauty that increases over time.
Keeping up appearances…
The adorably compact and vibrantly colored Red Japanese Maple is a wonder to behold in the spring, summer, and autumn seasons; its summer scarlet-purple foliage transitions into breathtaking canvas of brilliant crimson in the fall. Gracefully structured with elegant branches and seven-lobed leaves, Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum reaches full maturity after 20-50 years. It grows to an average height and spread of 15-20 ft., with a rounded crown and spreading silhouette. In the spring, this majestic deciduous specimen is characterized by inconspicuous reddish-violet flowers following by purple winged fruits.
A friendly recommendation.
Thriving under full sun to partial shade (leaf color is said to be particularly magnificent in partial shade), the Red Japanese Maple prefers moist but well-drained soil, and it is grows best when sheltered from cold wings. It can be propagated by grafting or softwood cuttings, and may be cultivated as a bonsai tree as well. In general, the Red Japanese Maple requires little maintenance, though it may require more watering during dry spells; it boasts a 5-9 hardiness zone rating.
Awesome tree trivia!
- Due to its easy cultivation and magnificent ornamental beauty, the Red Japanese Maple is a very popular choice for urban, cottage, and courtyard gardens. They are also recommended for Asian/Zen botanical gardens.
- Japanese maples have been cultivated in temperate regions around the world since the 1800s, but they’ve been grown for centuries in Japan, and have long been the subject of Japanese artwork as well. The first such specimen was introduced to England in 1820.
- Swedish doctor and botanist Carl Peter Thunberg is cited to have named the Japanese Maple as Acer Palmatum, with the latter word referring to the palm-like shape of the tree’s leaves. This metaphor mirrors the Japanese people’s naming of the maples as “kaede” and “momiji”—these respectively refer to “frog hands” and “baby hands.”
This Tree's Zone: 5 to 8
Your Growing Zone:
|Sun||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Size||6 to 8 feet|
|Spread||6 to 8 feet|