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Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood'

Acer palmatum (Amoenum Group) 'Bloodgood'

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is a large bushy deciduous shrub or small tree with spectacular red-purple leaves that turn bright, deep red in autumn. Small purple flowers are followed by red fruits. Commonly known by the name Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood', this lovely cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit' and is one of the most popular red Acers. It likes a sheltered position in partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, which is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended; however, removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance, architectural plant, Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards, rock gardens and Japanese gardens. It can be grown in large containers and is ideal for small gardens.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood'


Softwood cuttings in early summer.


Propagate by grafting in late winter.

Special features of Japanese Maple 'Bloodgood'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant