How to Grow Acer palmatum Atropurpureum Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Purple Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum Atropurpureum

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' with Pittosporum 'Silver Queen' in the background photograph by Leonora (Ellie) Enking, CC.

Acer palmatum Atropurpureum

Purple Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood' by Dun.can, CC.

Acer palmatum Atropurpureum Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Acer palmatum Atropurpureum
  • Common Name: Purple japanese maple
  • Growing Zone: USA: 6 to 8
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 180 to 300
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 300 to 360
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Flower Details: Red
  • Leaf Foliage: Purple
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Grafting or soft-wood cuttings
  • How to Prune: Requires little to no pruning. In some cases hard pruning can be disruptive.
  • Pests: Aphids and horse chestnut scale are sometimes a problem
  • Diseases: Usually disease free but Verticillium wiltcan be problematic

Further Information

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