Botanical Name: Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Common Name: Red Cutleaf Japanese Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Purple, Red


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Tropical, Water Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: GardenSoft
  • Description

  • Notes

This Japanese Maple has an upright, rounded form. Leaves emerge bright red in spring, and deepen to a burgundy-bronze as they age. Fall color is brilliant red. Grows 15 to 18 feet tall and wide, though it will do so slowly.
As will all Japanese Maples, provide deep, rich, well composted soil. If you are amending the soil, it is best to dig in compost to the plant's eventual width, so as to provide adequate conditions for the entire, eventual root profile. Amending just the hole that the tree is planted in is akin to planting the tree in a slightly bigger pot. Plant in filtered light to full shade, avoiding any mid-day sun or reflective sun. East or north exposures are best unless thre is a very good canopy and no reflective heat. Water weekly. Do not shear.