Easily grown in average, medium moisture soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers lightly dappled shade. Plant in a location protected from strong winds.
Acer palmatum, commonly called Japanese maple, is a deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows to 10-25' (infrequently to 40') tall. It is native to Japan, Korea and China. General plant form is rounded to broad-rounded, often with low branching. Each palmate green leaf (2-5" long) has 5 or 7 but less frequently 9 pointed toothed lobes. Small reddish-purple flowers in umbels bloom in mid spring (April). The flowers are rather attractive close up, but are not particularly showy from a distance. Flowers are followed by samaras (to 3/4" long) in pairs. Samaras ripen in September-October. Fall color includes shades of yellow, red-purple and bronze. Cultivars (often grafted) are quite variable.
'Bloodgood is a non-dissected type that grows into a small, rounded, deciduous tree which typically grows to 15-20' tall and features purplish-red flowers in spring, deep reddish-purple summer foliage, red samaras in late summer to early fall and good crimson-red fall color. As with many maples, the flowers are rather attractive close up, but are not particularly showy from a distance. Palmate leaves (5-7 lobes) are 2-5" long. May also be grown as a multi-stemmed shrub.
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to stem canker. Foliage tends to leaf out early in spring and is subject to damage from any late frosts.
Ornamental, compact understory tree grown primarily for its attractive foliage and shape. Specimen/accent or group around the home or yard or periphery of the border or rock garden. Multi-stemmed shrub form is effective in small groupings in shrub borders.