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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), 'Bloodgood' is a vigorous variety of Japanese maple. Its beautiful lobed leaves are deep purple in summer, turning scarlet in autumn, Like other Japanese maples, it needs a sunny or partially shaded spot which is protected from cold winds. The soil should be moist but well-drained. It is suitable for growing in a large container, using John Innes No 3 compost, but must be kept well-watered.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: Bloodgood

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

Reader reviews


Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' had a wonderful bright red leaf colour for the first year when we bought it, but since then has been a dull red colour over the last couple of years. For the last 2 years in summer the new leaves begin to shrivel and turn brown for a few months before autumn...... advice from nursery wasn't very helpful.


I have two of these trees and it is essential to keep them well watered and protect from strong/cold winds, which we have a lot of on the west coast of Scotland any time of the year! Do this, plus appropriate feeding, I usually give them an ericaceous plant food, and they will thrive.


I have a japanese acer,i would like to dig it up and plant it eleewhere,is october the right time of year? Thanks Mick


I haven`t grown Acer before and these comments reassure me that I`m planting in the correct position. Shall now also add ericaceous compost to the planting hole.


The top of our acer bloodgood was destroyed by the late Feb frosts this year. I have cut out the dead wood but the tree looks a bit sorry for itself at the moment!


I love it,I love it, I love it and I and i want one, The colour is awesome and it would be so different in my garden.
Don`t care about the cost, I`m going to get one!!!Happy Gardening


Thanks for the tip brogan.m ive just watered my pots of acers with a ericaceous feed .


How often should i water my acers with ericaceous does anyone know .

flowering rose

a lovely tree,there is one that grows in the churchyard(I think its the same)it turns the most wonderful copper red colour in autumn.on the whole acer s are wonder when it comes to autumn colour.


i'm a real acer fan. although I have lost 2 young one, my collection is currently 30 - in the ground and in pots. on "fairly" hot/warm days I water the pots daily, the ones in the ground every other day. I feed them every two weeks.

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