Botanical Name: Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Common Name: Bloodgood Japanese Maple  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Red


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



High, Extra in Summer


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, Multi-trunk Tree, Silhouette, Specimen, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Bloodgood Japanese maple is a lovely, upright to rounded small tree, well suited to patios and courtyards. It has red to bronze-red foliage, becoming more bronzy with summer heat. Fall color is brilliant red. New wood is very dark, turning a reddish brown as it ages. 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.