May 17, 2010  |  bloodgood maple tree
"Bloodgood" Japanese maple

The "Bloodgood" Japanese maple (Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood') is one of the most popular Japanese maple tree cultivars due to is consistent deep reddish purple leaf and and dark stem color. At fall foliage time those leaves become a striking crimson. Bloodgood is a medium to slow growing round-headed tree and will reach around 20' by 20' at mature height. It likes sun but can profit from light shade. The shade helps protect the foliage from the harshest summer light. But in order to develop their deep reds that they are known for, these plants need direct sunlight for at least a portion of the day. They are called “understory” plants that need partial shade in order to thrive.