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Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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Once a weekPartial shadeDeer resistantSpring
  • Vivid Red Foliage: The Bloodgood Japanese Maple is celebrated for its rich, red leaves that maintain their color throughout the growing season, providing a consistent and dramatic display.
  • Compact and Graceful Growth: With its compact size and attractive shape, this tree is perfectly suited for smaller gardens or as a specimen in larger landscapes.
  • Seasonal Interest: In addition to its stunning foliage, it offers seasonal interest with delicate spring flowers and interesting winter branch structure.

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The Bloodgood Japanese Maple, scientifically known as Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood', is a captivating ornamental tree renowned for its striking deep red to burgundy foliage. This elegant and versatile tree is a cornerstone in many garden designs, offering a stunning visual impact throughout the year. Particularly favored for its vibrant leaf color and graceful form, the Bloodgood Japanese Maple is an ideal choice for creating focal points in landscape designs, ranging from traditional Japanese gardens to contemporary settings. It's a must-have for anyone seeking to add a dramatic and artistic touch to their outdoor space.

Growth rate: Slow to moderate growth rate; mature height of 15-20 feet and width of 10-15 feet.

Please note: Images on our website depict plants and trees at full maturity to showcase their expected grown characteristics. These images are illustrative examples only and do not represent the size of plants or trees upon delivery.

Pruning: Prune your Bloodgood Japanese Maple in late winter or early spring before the leaves emerge. Remove any dead, diseased, or crossing branches. You can also shape the tree at this time by removing any unwanted growth.

Fertilizer: You can fertilize your Bloodgood Japanese Maple in early spring with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing in late summer or early fall, as this can encourage new growth that may not have time to harden off before winter.

Winter Care: The Bloodgood Japanese Maple is hardy in USDA zones 5-8. In colder regions, protect the tree from winter damage by mulching around the base of the tree, wrapping the trunk in burlap, or providing a windbreak.

Pests and Diseases: The Bloodgood Japanese Maple is relatively pest and disease-free, but it can be susceptible to aphids, scale insects, and fungal diseases such as verticillium wilt. Keep an eye out for any signs of infestation or disease, and treat as necessary.

Select a location with well-draining soil and some protection from intense afternoon sun. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball. Place the tree in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Ensure the tree is not planted deeper than it was in the container. Regular watering is crucial, particularly during dry spells and in the first growing season to establish a strong root system.

The Bloodgood Japanese Maple requires consistent moisture, particularly in the heat of summer, and benefits from being planted in a location where it receives morning sun and afternoon shade, especially in warmer climates.

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Zones 5-8

The Bloodgood Japanese Maple flourishes in USDA Zones 5-8, thriving in regions with moderate temperatures and avoiding the extreme heat of hotter zones. It prefers a location with some protection from harsh afternoon sun and strong winds. This tree's preference for well-drained, slightly acidic soil makes it well-suited for a variety of garden settings within these zones, from accentuating garden borders to standing alone as a stunning focal point.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bloodgood Japanese Maple typically grows to a height of about 15 to 20 feet and has a similar spread. However, it's essential to note that the size of the tree can vary based on factors such as growing conditions, climate, and pruning. In ideal conditions, it forms an attractive medium-sized tree with a round or oval shape and stunning deep red or burgundy foliage.

During the summer, the leaves of the Bloodgood Japanese Maple are typically a deep red or burgundy color. These vibrant red leaves make the tree a striking and attractive ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes during the summer months.

A Bloodgood Japanese Maple usually takes around 10 to 15 years to reach its mature height, which is typically between 15 to 20 feet tall. However, it can continue to grow slowly over the years, and its full size may vary depending on environmental conditions and care.

Yes, Bloodgood Japanese Maples are cold hardy. They are known for their ability to withstand cold temperatures and are suitable for growing in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8. However, in colder climates, they may benefit from some winter protection to prevent frost damage to the branches.

The best place to plant a Bloodgood Japanese Maple is in a location that provides partial to full shade. These trees prefer sheltered spots with dappled sunlight or morning sun and afternoon shade. They thrive in well-drained soil that is kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Planting them near buildings or other structures can provide some protection from harsh sun and strong winds. It's essential to choose a location that suits their specific light and soil requirements for optimal growth.

No, the Bloodgood Japanese Maple does not have invasive roots. Its root system is generally non-invasive and won't cause issues with nearby structures or plants. However, like any tree, it's a good practice to plant it at a reasonable distance from buildings, sidewalks, and other structures to allow room for its root system to grow comfortably without causing any problems.

The leaves of your Bloodgood Japanese Maple may be turning green due to several factors:

Young Growth: It's common for new leaves to emerge with a slightly different color than mature leaves. Young leaves are often green and may change to the deep red or purple color characteristic of Bloodgood Japanese Maples as they mature.

Sunlight: The intensity of sunlight can affect leaf color. If your tree is getting more sunlight than usual, it may develop greener leaves. Bloodgood Japanese Maples typically display their best color in partial shade.

Nutrient Levels: Adequate nutrients, especially nitrogen, can influence leaf color. If the soil is rich in nitrogen, it may promote greener foliage. You can adjust fertilization to manage leaf color.

Seasonal Changes: Leaf color can vary with the seasons. Bloodgood Japanese Maples often have more vibrant red or purple leaves in the spring and fall, while summer foliage may appear greener.

Health and Stress: Environmental stressors, pests, or diseases can impact leaf color. Ensure your tree is healthy and free from any issues that might affect its color.

If you want to encourage the red or purple coloration, consider providing partial shade, adjusting fertilization, and ensuring the tree's overall health. However, some variation in leaf color is natural, and the tree's appearance can change throughout the year.

A stressed Bloodgood Japanese Maple may exhibit several signs, including:

Wilting Leaves: The leaves may appear droopy or wilted, even when the soil is moist.

Leaf Discoloration: Leaves might turn yellow or brown prematurely, especially around the edges.

Leaf Scorch: Browning and drying of leaf edges, often accompanied by a crispy texture.

Dropping Leaves: Excessive leaf drop, not related to the normal seasonal changes.

Slow Growth: Reduced growth and smaller leaves compared to healthy specimens.

Dieback: Sections of branches or twigs may die off, resulting in bare spots.

Sooty Mold: The presence of a black, sooty substance on leaves, which can indicate the presence of honeydew-producing pests like aphids.

Pest Infestations: The tree may attract pests like aphids, scale insects, or spider mites, which can further stress the tree.

Disease Symptoms: Fungal or bacterial diseases may manifest as spots, lesions, or abnormal growth on leaves or branches.

Root Problems: Issues with the roots, such as root rot or poor drainage, can lead to stress.

To address stress in your Bloodgood Japanese Maple, identify and address the underlying cause. This may involve adjusting watering practices, improving soil drainage, providing appropriate sunlight and shade, and addressing pest or disease issues promptly. Regular care and maintenance can help keep your tree healthy and vibrant.

An overwatered Bloodgood Japanese Maple may exhibit the following signs:

Wilting Leaves: Paradoxically, overwatering can lead to wilting, as the roots become waterlogged and can't absorb oxygen properly.

Yellowing Leaves: The leaves may turn yellow, and this can be confused with symptoms of underwatering.

Leaf Drop: Overwatering can cause leaves to drop prematurely, often with a greenish color.

Mold or Mildew: Excess moisture can create conditions conducive to mold or mildew growth on the leaves or branches.

Root Rot: The roots may become mushy and dark due to fungal infections, especially if the soil is consistently wet.

Poor Growth: Excessive moisture can hinder root function and lead to stunted growth.

To address overwatering, allow the soil to dry out between waterings and ensure proper drainage. Adjust your watering schedule to the specific needs of your Japanese Maple, as they prefer moist but not waterlogged soil. Proper care can help your tree recover from overwatering and thrive.

To protect your Bloodgood Japanese Maple from extreme heat, follow these steps:

Mulch: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded bark, around the base of the tree. Mulch helps retain soil moisture, regulates soil temperature, and reduces heat stress on the roots.

Watering: Ensure the tree receives deep, consistent watering during hot periods. Water the soil at the base of the tree early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Avoid wetting the foliage to prevent sunburn.

Shade: Provide temporary shade during intense heatwaves. You can use shade cloth, umbrellas, or temporary structures to shield the tree from direct sunlight. Just make sure the shade does not touch the leaves, as this can cause additional heat stress.

Pruning: Prune your Japanese Maple to thin out the canopy slightly. This allows for better air circulation and can reduce heat stress.

Avoid Fertilizing: Refrain from fertilizing during periods of extreme heat, as it can stimulate new growth that is more vulnerable to stress.

Hydration: In extremely hot conditions, consider using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system to water deeply and efficiently.

Monitor Soil Moisture: Use a moisture meter or check the soil with your finger to gauge moisture levels. Water when the top inch or so of soil feels dry to the touch.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!