The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maple - Bloodgood Color

Question: I purchased a Japenese Maple Bloodgood about a month ago. The tree had a tag on it saying Bloodgood as well as the leaves were a greenish red with red tips (not the red/purple I wanted but the tree shape was perfect). The gentlemen at the nursery says it was not the vibrant red/purple because it may have been growing in partial shade. I am nervous now that we spent so much money on this beautiful tree. I am wanting it to be vibrant red/purple and of course, it has not changed since we have owned it. Is there anything we can do to hopefully make sure this turns to the beautiful red color next year?

Answer: The tree thrives in dappled light in hot summer areas; in your area you might be able to site it in more sun with good results. You might want to leave it in place for a year and see how the coloring is over the coming season, then decide if you want to experiment with moving it, or not. This variety is one of the best for holding the good red coloration, so I would suggest you give it a chance.

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