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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (42643)

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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