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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Bloodgood

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Palmatum (deeply divided leaves)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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12 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RevWhitebeard On Oct 4, 2014, RevWhitebeard from Riverhead, NY wrote:

This is a nascent star of my difficult back yard. The soil is sandy (in some places it's playing-in-the-beach sandy), the location is at the edge of the sprinkler range in dappled sunlight for about 6 hours of the day, and deer regularly dine with abandon in the area. Two years in, the tree, now 3.5 feet tall, has shown good development (about 7" growth per year) and continues to look promising. I planted it in a space widely supplemented by compost and provide a layer of mulch around it year round. To date, the only shortcoming I see is its lack of winter interest.

Positive JV145 On Jul 15, 2014, JV145 from Greenwich, CT wrote:

I am not a gardener, nor a photographer for that matter (I posted two pictures of the Japanese Maple). I believe this tree has had a significant role in modifying the things that bring me enjoyment. It began with a logical curiosity as to how the limbs seem to defy physics, then the awe of the simple beauty and magnificence of the tree itself. One can get lost in there. And I do. Since adopting the tree, which came with the property, I have watched it come to life through Spring and Summer. I find myself spending an hour a day tending to rose bushes, the garden, flowers, trees and pesty weeds. Never in a million years did this die hard hockey player think this activity would bring such rewarding feelings. I know for a fact that the Maple was the inspiration that started it all. And a member on Dave's Garden, who'd a guessed. Thank you all for being so helpful with tips and suggestions. My roses and other flowers and trees thank you as well.

Positive Mr_Monopoly On Nov 14, 2013, Mr_Monopoly from North Olmsted, OH wrote:

I have a Weeping variety of this tree. It came with the house when we moved and it is absolutely stunning during the growing season. In my opinion, it does best not by itself, but as a taller plant to be put behind smaller shrubs who's colors would contrast and compliment the wonderful red foliage of this lovely plant.

Negative DeDe602 On Jul 27, 2010, DeDe602 from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ wrote:

We've planted the Acer Palmatum Bloodgood Japanese Maple in June 2006. In the spring it blooms to a beautiful crimson-red color. By July of each year, all the leaves turn to green and stay that color. The leaves all look very healthy but a few of them are dried and curling.

Could anyone tell me if this is normal for this tree to do that?

Or advise if we need to do something, to keep that crimson color. Our nursery advised to use Tree Tone fertilizer in March and again in mid-October.

Positive Lakeside3 On Dec 6, 2009, Lakeside3 from Jacksonville, NC wrote:

I purchased two "Bloodgood' maples about fifteen yrs ago; both were purchased at the same size; but one suffered from a blite and it's growth was stunt; I've managed to nurse back to god health after yrs of careful pruning; I have posted some spring and fall 2009 photos.

Positive swmbo64 On May 11, 2009, swmbo64 from Franklin, WI wrote:

I'm in zone 5a. Planted last August on the North side of my house in a somewhat protected area from wind. Gets direct morning sun, about 3-4 hours per day. Well drained location, average soil. When I purchased from nursery, the tips of the leaves were a little browned. I was concerned at the time as the nursery gave no guarantees on Japanese maples. But it was the only Bloodgood cultivar left and that is what I wanted so I took a chance. The leaves have come in beautifully this Spring. So far, so good!

Positive purplesun On Apr 13, 2009, purplesun from Krapets
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

Don't plant Japanese maples in dry, alkaline soils, or in exposed locations! A combination of the three proved nearly fateful to my Japanese maple that is still recovering after losing its handsome form and being transplanted to a completely different, much better climate.

Positive grampapa On Jun 20, 2008, grampapa from Wheatfield, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am in zone 6a. The tree was planted by the landscaper when we first built our house in 2002. Other than a little trimming every year, we have done nothing to it and it is just beautiful. And we have terrible clay soil. New spring growth is a burst of bright red in the sun. Then it settles down to the great burgundy of the rest of the tree. Highly recommended.

Positive otis On Dec 28, 2006, otis from Morrison, TN wrote:

I grow 'Bloodgood' Japanese maples from cuttings. They are beautiful trees. I propagate hundreds of these each year. They need the morning sun and afternoon shade. Japanese maples need well drained soil.

Negative jjpsr1 On May 24, 2006, jjpsr1 from Woodstock, GA wrote:

This is the second bloodgood I have planted. The first one was on sale with no guarantee. Only the bottom 1/2 had leaves.

I removed that one, and purchased about a 7' tall, healthy, beautiful tree. This one was absolutely beautiful! About 2 weeks later , it is developing leaves that are turning brown and some leaves have whitish spots on them.
Some of the leaves in middle of tree are turning green, and look healthy,

Any ideas? Anyone!! I don't want to lose this beautiful specimen. Jim

Positive GardenKonig On Apr 7, 2005, GardenKonig from Bronx, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

In August 2002 I purchased two of these lovely trees in Chinatown for $30! They were small specimens (a little over 12" tall) when I got them. They're around three feet tall now and budding.

I'm training them to grow upright and tall as opposed to short and bushy.

They're special trees and a great addition for any garden.

Positive charlena4 On Apr 27, 2004, charlena4 from Vass, NC wrote:

I think that is the most beautiful Japanese Maple I've seen in a long time. I love this tree. How does it thrive so well in such a small jar? It is definitely a conversation piece and adds excitement to any garden.

Positive tired On Apr 1, 2004, tired wrote:

I have a Bloodgood Japanese Maple that has over 100 seedlings sprouting around it, and I would like to save them.

Positive cher_the_garden On Jun 11, 2003, cher_the_garden wrote:

My Japanese Maple looks beautiful by my zen garden,and adds drama to my waterfall pond.I live in Ontario Canada (zone6b) with great success!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (3 reports)
Gurley, Alabama
Mentone, Alabama
Little Rock, Arkansas
Arroyo Grande, California
Fremont, California
Garberville, California
Lakewood, California
Lincoln, California
Los Angeles, California (2 reports)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Stamford, Connecticut
Bear, Delaware
Tallahassee, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
Canton, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia (2 reports)
Covington, Georgia
Fitzgerald, Georgia
Highland, Illinois
Lake Villa, Illinois
Rochester, Illinois
Evansville, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Bardstown, Kentucky
Abita Springs, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Reading, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Macomb, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Bay Springs, Mississippi
Marion, Mississippi
Mathiston, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Kimberling City, Missouri
Saint Charles, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Warrenton, Missouri
Teaneck, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Baldwinsville, New York
Delmar, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
Poughkeepsie, New York
Riverhead, New York
Rochester, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Clyde, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Summerfield, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Defiance, Ohio
Euclid, Ohio
Gates Mills, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
North Olmsted, Ohio
Streetsboro, Ohio
Beaverton, Oregon
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Library, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Tarentum, Pennsylvania
Warminster, Pennsylvania
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Conway, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Walhalla, South Carolina
Hillsboro, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Morrison, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Lewisville, Texas
Kaysville, Utah
Ogden, Utah
Amherst, Virginia
Chantilly, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
College Place, Washington
Gold Bar, Washington
Grand Mound, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Sammamish, Washington
Tacoma, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin
Cambridge, Wisconsin
Franklin, Wisconsin
Merrimac, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2 reports)
Port Edwards, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

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