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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost'

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

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Category:
Shrubs
Trees

Group:
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Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
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
Light Shade

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Deciduous
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By budding

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive plantoid On Nov 27, 2011, plantoid from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Purple Ghost is one of my top two to three favorites. It has an almost unrivaled purplish carmine red color in spring that just screams for attention. This phase lasts for about 6 to 8 weeks. Then as summer kicks in its color slowly fades to a muted reddish green. Then it turns bright red again in late fall. It's one of the last to go dormant, giving a long display in the fall. I planted it in full sun in central coastal California. It suffers from minor sunburn, but the brown tips are only noticeable at close distances.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost' (Dec) (z6)
A knock-out in summer with DEEP purple foliage veined in black (when grown in sun), this upright (20-30') maple steals the show again in fall when it turns orange-to-red. Sun-PSh/Med

Positive DLHnursery On Jun 17, 2005, DLHnursery from Benson, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

We planted a young grafted Purple Ghost in our front yard just a few years ago - it's 3-4' tall now. Really pretty, holds its deep color very well in sun; very noticeable from spring through fall from well over 100 yards away.

The originator of the 'Ghost' series of Japanese maple cultivars seems to be Talon Bucholz, Bucholz & Bucholz Nursery, OR.

Regional...

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

Castro Valley, California
Garberville, California
Ware, Massachusetts
Lake Crystal, Minnesota
Verona, Mississippi
Avondale, Missouri
Benson, North Carolina
Sherwood, Oregon
Disputanta, Virginia



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