The Q&A Archives: Bloodgood Japanese Maples

Question: Hi- my husband and I bought a Bloodgood Japanese Maple to plant in front of our house next to our pathway to the front door. I love the tree but am afraid that it will grow to be too big for the front of the house and block the view of the house from the street. Can you tell me approximately how big this tree will grow? Also, how much and what kind of sun is best for this tree? Thanks

Answer: Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' holds the red-purple leaf color better than most other cultivars of Japanese Maple. It is slow-growing and usually has a round-headed form. The Bloodgood Japanese Maple is excellent as a specimen or accent plant.

The reddish purple foliage often hides the clusters of red to purplish inflorescences that bloom in late May or early June. The Bloodgood Japanese Maple has excellent fall color which is best described as fluorescent flaming red.

This tree can be planted in full sun to full shade. However, it usually does best in partial sun to partial shade. It prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil, but is moderately adaptable to more adverse conditions. The Bloodgood Japanese Maple will slowly mature to a height of 15-20 feet.

Best wishes with your new tree!

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