Red Leaf Japanese Maple Tree

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Scientific Name:
Acer palmatum 'atropurpureum
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Red Leaf Japanese Maple Tree – A Show-Stopping Display of Reds

Why Red Leaf Japanese Maple Tree?

Native to Korea, Japan, China, Southeast Russia, and Eastern Mongolia, Acer Palmatum' Atropurpureum, also known as Japanese red maple, Japanese maple, red Japanese maple tree, Japanese tree, smooth Japanese maple, or palmate maple, is a small deciduous tree with rich, reddish-purple foliage. The red Japanese maple tree seeds are much sought after by wildlife, including chipmunks and squirrels. Quail, grouse, and a wide variety of songbirds consume the plant's seeds, buds, and blooms.

Japanese maple is characterized by its rich foliage that may grow up to 4" in length. 5-7 lobes branch from a central point in a symmetrical pattern, much like fingers emanating from the palm of a hand.

Soils that are acidic, moist, loamy, sandy, rich, and well-drained are ideal for Japanese maple growth. It grows best on somewhat wet soil, although it may survive in drier circumstances.

The pollination process is often simplified by the presence of both male and female flowers on a single specimen of the red maple. When pollinated, it produces fruit in the shape of winged samara.



It is generally recommended to wait to fertilize a bare root plant until it has been established in the ground and is actively growing. This can vary depending on the type of plant and the growing conditions, but it is generally best to wait at least a few weeks to a few months after planting.

During the first year, you should focus on providing the plant with the right amount of water, sunlight and soil to help it become established. Once the plant has become established and is actively growing, you can begin to fertilize it.

You can use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer or one that is specifically formulated for the type of plant you have. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package and apply it at the recommended rate.

It is also important to note that over-fertilizing can be harmful to plants, so it's always best to error on the side of caution and start with a lower amount of fertilizer and increase as needed.

Key Specifications

Acer palmatum 'atropurpureum' is a cultivar of the Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) tree. The following are some of the key specifications of this cultivar:

  • Size: This cultivar typically grows to be 10-15 feet (3-4.5 meters) tall and 8-12 feet (2.5-3.5 meters) wide.
  • Foliage: The leaves of this cultivar are deeply dissected, meaning they are cut into many smaller lobes. They are a dark purple color, sometimes with red or bronze highlights. The leaves are delicate and lacy.
  • Flowers and fruit: This cultivar produces small, red flowers in spring. The flowers are not particularly showy, but they give way to small, winged fruits (samaras) in the summer.
  • Growth habit: This cultivar has a spreading growth habit and can be grown as a small tree or as a multi-stemmed shrub. It is often used in bonsai gardening.
  • Sunlight: This cultivar prefers partial to full shade, and will grow best in areas that receive filtered or dappled sunlight.
  • Soil: This cultivar prefers well-draining soil and does not tolerate wet soil or standing water.
  • Hardiness: This cultivar is hardy in USDA zones 5-8, which means it can withstand winter temperatures between -20°F to 10°F (-28.9°C to -12.2°C).
  • pH level: This cultivar prefers a more acidic soil, with a pH between 6.0-6.5, if your soil is more alkaline you may need to adjust the pH.
  • Pruning: Prune in late winter or early spring to shape or control the size of the tree. Avoid pruning in late spring or summer as this can encourage new growth that will not have time to harden off before winter.
  • Pest and diseases: Japanese Maple are generally resistant to pests and diseases, but sometimes can be affected by scale insects, leafhoppers, and aphids. They are also susceptible to powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, and leaf scorch.

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