Japanese Maples Are Perfect for Small Gardens – They Even Grow in Partial Shade – What is the Difference between Bloodgood and Other Japanese Red Maples?

Japanese Maples are the perfect trees for small garden areas, and they are some of the few trees that perform well in a bit of shade. Smaller than most other trees, you can plant them beneath others that will tower over them. Their roots are not invasive, and you can also plant them closer to your house than you might other trees. Fall is an ideal time to plant maple trees, and I have discovered that Lowe’s is a wonderful place to find great trees, like Japanese Maples, on sale in late fall. Today, I bought 3 Japanese Red Maples and 3 Japanese Red Maples Bloodgood at Lowe’s at 75% off their regular prices, and I am enjoying the final days of the autumn outside–planting Japenese Maples all around my yard.

“Autumn is a great time to plant maple trees. As cooler weather approaches they will drop their leaves, and focus completely on root growth. This allows them to get an excellent head start on growth for next year. “ https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Bloodgood-Japanese-Maple.htm

Before I begin planting, however, I want to consider the differences between Bloodgood Maples and the less expensive Atropurpureum.

Difference between Acer Palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ and ‘Atropurpureum’ Japanese Maple?

From what I have read, I understand that pure strains of Astropurpureum trees tend to change colors throughout the season and Bloodgods ted to hold their dark red colorings throughout their growing seasons.

“The colour of ‘Atropurpureum’ is more vivid, the colour of ‘Bloodgood’ is more monotonous, the colour of ‘Bloodgood’ is darker, the colour of ‘Atropurpureum’ is not so dark and with a light green undertone.

The colour of ‘Atropurpureum’ changes several times in the growing season, from deep purple to bronze, and bronze-green, almost green in late summer and intense scarlet in fall, the colour of ‘Bloodgood’ does not change throughout the growing season, it is all the summer the same dark, deep red.

The habit is quite different. ‘Atropurpureum’ does have a tree-like habit, with layering branches, which give a typical Japanese impression, ‘Bloodgood’ is a little tree but with no layering branches and does not generate this typical Japanese impression.

The fall colour from ‘Atropurpureum’ is an outstanding scarlet, the fall colour from ‘Bloodood’ is normaly not so outstanding.

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[The problem, however, is that there are few authentic Atropurpureums. The plants labeled Atropurpureums are diluted descendants of the original species by that name.]

”  https://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/threads/difference-between-acer-palmatum-bloodgood-and-atropurpureum-japanese-maple.51909/

There are many types of Japanese Maples. Some are gold and some are orange and some are red. Some are small and others grow taller, but all Japanese Maples add color, texture, and interest to the garden.

Monrovia says the following about Bloodgood:

“Attractive foliage with burgundy red coloring turns brilliant scarlet in fall. The interesting red-black bark provides striking interest in winter. This slender, airy tree is well-suited for use as a small lawn tree or for patios and entryways. One of the hardiest of Japanese maples, with good sun tolerance. Deciduous.” Monrovia

Bloodgood Japanese Maple in Jacki Kellum’s New Jersey Garden

Some claim that Bloodgoods are slow growers, but my experience proves that wrong. I planted a relatively large Bloodgood in my New Jersey garden, and within about 3 years, it had doubled in size and had nearly reached its mature size of 15′ tall by 25′ wide.  In fact, I had planted that maple in an area that I had hoped to keep sunnier. I was almost disappointed by its quick growth in my New Jersey garden. In my Ozarks garden, I have different needs. My front yard is already shady, and one of my priorities is screening out my neighbors. The Japanese Maple Bloodgood trees will do a wonderful job of providing a layer of screening that is lower than my tall trees and yet higher than my hydrangeas and other shrubs.

Tulip Poplar Tree

Two Tulip Poplar trees have created a canopy over my front yard. During the summer, the leaves of the Tulip Poplars are green, but during the fall, their leaves are golden yellow. Tulip Poplars grow to a height of 70′ and the 15′ Japanese Maple Bloodgood will work nicely beneath them. In a few years, I expect to have a kaleidoscope display in front of my house.

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