Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' - 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple
Family - Aceraceae
Size - Strong grower to 15 to 20 feet with a comparable spread. Upright form.
Foliage - Simple, opposite, deeply lobed. Holds beautiful burgundy foliage the entire growing season. In extreme hot sun it can sunburn and become slightly tattered. Leaf petioles are a bright red. Fall color is a bright crimson.
Flower/Fruit/Seed - Samara. Attractive red which adds to the overall beauty. Very prominent.
Bark - Older wood is gray. Newer wood on stems is a dark red, almost a purple-red. Most noticable in the winter when combined with the form of the tree.
Pests and Diseases - Overall it has little problems. Have seen some severe dieback with late winter warm ups followed by low teens. Some sunscald and foliage tattering in severe hot and dry periods.
Landscape Use - Specimen. Vigorous growing which allows it to develop in to a tree of usable size quickly. Prefers part shade and in this siting develops it's best form and retains the highest foliage quality. Lends a very graceful and peaceful touch to the landscape.
Performance - 9 - Even in the worst heat, this tree does remarkably well. Needs cool roots, adequate moisture, and part shade in the afternoons to look and perform at its best.