Red-Leaf Japanese Maple
$50.00 – $125.00
Tree may grow anywhere from 15 to 25 feet in height with spread equal to or greater than height.
Acer palmatum ‘atropurpureum’
The var. atropurpureum Japanese Maple is one of the most popular types of Japanese maple. Known for its beautiful purple foliage, this maple is a wonderful addition when considering landscaping. Excellent in spring and fall for red coloration, seedlings produced from seeds of this type can be extremely variable in leaf coloration depending on the source. The better red-leaved seedlings generally command a superior price. Boyd Nursery seed is collected from our fields of asexually propagated ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple trees. These seeds are the product of ‘Bloodgood’ to ‘Bloodgood’ cross pollination. With more that a 1,000 ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple trees growing in our block, you can rest assured these seeds will produce a genetically excellent strain of red-leaf Japanese maple. More planting instruction can also be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
|Sun Requirements:||Partial Shade (ideally during the hottest parts of the day)|
|Leaves:||Leaves are opposite, simple, 2 to 5 inches long, deeply 5 to 7 to 9 lobed, lobes being lance-ovate to lance-oblong in shape, acuminate, subcordate doubly serrate; color varies depending on the specimen; var. atropurpureum types turn a magnificent red in fall; leaves hold late and are often present into November.|
|Size:||15 to 25 feet in height, spread equal to or greater than height; the species can reach 40 to 50 feet in the wild state; magnificent specimens along the east coast from Boston to Washington that approach 40 to 50 feet.|
|Hardiness:||Zone 5-8. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
|Habit:||Species tends towards a rounded to broad-rounded character, often the branches assume a layered effect similar to Flowering Dogwood; the plant can be grown as a single-stemmed small tree or large multi-stemmed shrub; perhaps the greatest ornamental attributes are exposed in the latter situation.|
|Rate:||Over many years a slow grower but in youth will tend toward the medium rate; about 10 to 15 feet over a 10 year period.|
|Flowers:||Small, red to purple, May to June, borne in stalked umbels (possibly corymbs), quite attractive on close inspection.|
|Diseases & Insects:||Actually surprisingly few; have had a real problem with rooted cuttings in plastic houses that leafed out early. The high humidity promoted Botrytis infection which literally killed 80 fine specimens in about 3 days.|
|Landscape Value:||Probably one of the most flexible maple species as far as landscape uses; magnificent specimen, accent plant, shrub border, grouping, bonsai; definitely lends an artistic and aristocratic touch; considering the tremendous heat in the south I am amazed at the number of choice specimens; even in full sun the plant does reasonable well.|
|Soil Preference:||Transplanted balled and burlapped or as a container plant into moist, high organic matter, well-drained soil. Tolerant of most soil types.|
|Care:||Water regularly after initial planting and prune in winter or early spring as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.|
|Fertilization:||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.|
Terms & Conditions of Sale:
The plants are NOT in storage and are dug fresh on receipt of your order. When your order is received plants are collected as soon as the weather permits, this time-frame is normally within one week. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, We will advise you by phone.
For a quote on larger quantities, please call or email us. We ship via Priority Mail from zip-code 37111.
We do NOT ship West of the Rocky Mountains for retail orders, but we will consider shipping West of the Rocky Mountains for wholesale qualities. Please contact us for wholesale container, bare-root, and balled and burlap inquiries.
Refund Policy: At Boyd Nursery Company we strive to always provide quality plant stock in superb condition. We reserve the right to determine if the plant material was cared for properly after leaving our greenhouses. Over or under watering, exposure to adverse temperature swings and weather conditions, incorrect planting or improper cultural conditions will void any effort of refunding your plant purchase. Full or partial replacement or refund will be at the discretion of Boyd Nursery Company following examination of the plant material in question.
If you have questions prior to purchase or have uncertainties in maintenance and proper methods of care for the plant stock purchased, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately with any questions. By contacting us, we can work to rectify the situation before it becomes irreversible.