Acer palmatum Atropurpureum

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Japanese maple

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
  • Common name: Japanese maple
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 8m

Spread: 10m

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage

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Acer palmatum is a deciduous, woody shrub native to parts of Asia and Russia. There are many garden-worthy cultivars available, which have been bred for their leaf shapes and colours.

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' is a slow-growing acer, bearing deeply lobed, red-purple leaves that turn a brilliant scarlet in autumn before falling. It makes a beautiful small tree, and the deepest purple colouring results from a spot with more light, while the foliage will be greener in low light areas.

For best results, grow Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Protect it from the harshest winds, which may cause leaf scorch.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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