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Flower

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Foliage

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Form

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Plant Name

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Common Name

Japanese Maple

Soil

Acid Sand

Sun Aspect

Part Shade

Soil Moisture

Moist

Plant Type

Deciduous Shrub

Height x Spread in feet (cms)

15 x 15 (450 x 450)

Foliage

Deeply cut, 5-lobed, Dark Red-Purple foliage turns brilliant red in autumn.

Flower Colour in Month(s). Fruit

Purple-red in August followed by red fruit.

Comment

Round-headed form. Mulch the roots with compost or bark in the autumn to prevent them getting frozen during the winter. Protect from cold winds and late frosts, which kill the juvenile foliage.
Photos from Read of Coblands Nurseries Ltd.

"Forms a gracefully, branched, rounded crown. The young foliage is brilliant red, turning only slighter darker purplish-red throughout the season, then back to brilliant red in the autumn. The leaves are generally 5-lobed with slightly serrated edges. Eventual height of 3m (10ft)." from R.V. Roger.

" This upright Japanese maple is one of the best purple-leaved varieties. It has deeply cut, dark red-purple leaves that turn bright red in autumn and tiny purple-red spring flowers. Try it as a focal point in a small, contemporary or minimalist garden, where the intensity of the autumn colour can really sing. It needs a sheltered spot, away from strong winds or all-day sunshine.

Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of a newly planted tree in late spring and keep well watered. No routine pruning is required, just remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant." from Crocus.

"Ornamental, compact understory tree grown primarily for its attractive foliage and shape. Specimen/accent or group around the home or yard or periphery of the border or rock garden. Multi-stemmed shrub form is effective in small groupings in shrub borders." from Missouri Botanical Garden.

"This large shrub or small tree tends to leaf out early, so it may be injured by spring frosts. Leaves can scorch in hot summer weather unless they are in some shade or irrigated during dry weather. More direct sun can be tolerated in the northern part of the range. Be sure drainage is maintained, and never allow water to stand around the roots. Japanese maples grow well on clay soils as long as the ground is sloped so that water does not accumulate in the soil. They respond well to several inches of mulch placed beneath the canopy. Be sure to clear all turf away from beneath the branches of low-growing types so lawn mowers will not damage the tree.

This cultivar makes a nice patio or small shade tree for residential lots and, with pruning to remove drooping branches, provides adequate clearance for pedestrian traffic to pass close to the tree.

Train the trunks and branches so that they will not touch each other. Eliminate branches with included (embedded) bark or those that are likely to develop it as soon as possible. This reduces the likelihood of a branch splitting from the tree later when it has grown to become an important part of the landscape. Remove small twigs to enhance the showy trunk and bark structure. Locate the tree properly; take into account the ultimate size because the tree looks best if it is not pruned to control size. It can be the centerpiece of your landscape if it is properly located. Japanese maples have a reputation for transplanting from a field nursery poorly, but root-pruned plants and those from containers should do well." from University of Florida.

Available from Crocus, Hedge Nursery , Coblands Nurseries Ltd , Palmstead Nurseries Ltd and R,V. Roger Ltd in the UK with Plantman in New Zealand and Connon Nurseries in Canada.

Companion Plants

"Acidic Plants

According to University of California Master Gardener Pam Wallace, plants that thrive in acidic soil tend to make good companion plants for Japanese maples. Begonias, gardenias and rhododendrons are a few acid-loving plants that you can plant next to your maple. Depending on the cultivar, begonias (Begonia) grow in USDA zones 6 through 11, producing tropical-like blooms in a wide array of colors. The gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) grows in zones 8 through 10 with deep green foliage and blooms that fill the air with a pleasant aroma. The rhododendron (Rhododendron) includes more than 28,000 species and cultivars of plants growing in USDA zones 5 through 9.

Groundcovers

When planted underneath Japanese maples, groundcovers surround the tree with a blanket of greenery instead of drab dirt. For example, planting purple sheep’s burr (Acaena inermis 'Purpurea') for a groundcover that produces brilliant purplish foliage with a scalloped edge will add a burst of color to the area. This groundcover grows up to 6-inches tall in zones 6 through 9.

Perennials

Unlike annuals, which require replanting each year, perennials may die back during the winter months but will sprout from the ground once the growing season arrives. Hosta (Hosta) is a perennial that -- even though it produces showy blooms on tall spikes -- is grown for its attractive foliage. Depending on the cultivar, hosta is hardy in zones 3 through 9 and produces foliage in varying colors. Another option is Pelargonium, a perennial shrub that grows in zones 9 through 15. Pelargoniums produce tropical-like, showy blooms in various colors and shapes that make a striking companion for the Japanese maple.

Butterfly- and Hummingbird-Attracting Flowers and Shrubs

Many shrubs and flowers provide double duty as a companion plant to Japanese maples with the added bonus of attracting beneficial wildlife -- such as butterfly and hummingbirds -- to your garden. Sweet William (Dianthus), which grows in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9, produces pleasantly fragrant blooms that attract butterflies that drink the sweet nectar." from Kitty Cruiser of Home Guides of San Francisco Chronicle.

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Juvenile Foliage. Photo from R. V. Roger

 

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Introduction

FLOWER COLOUR
(o)Blue
Orange
(o)Other Colours
(o)Pink
(o)Red
(o)White
(o)Yellow

FOLIAGE COLOUR
Black
Blue
Brown
Bronze
(o)Green
(o)Grey
(o)Purple
(o)Red
Silver
Variegated White
Variegated Yellow
White
Yellow
(o)Autumn Colour
(o)4 Season Colour

FORM
Mat-forming
Prostrate
(o)Mound-forming
(o)Spreading
Clump-forming
(o)Upright
Climbing
(o)Arching

SHAPE
Columnar
Oval
(o)Rounded
Flattened
Narrow Conical
Broad Conical
Egg-shaped
Broad Ovoid
Narrow Vase-shape
Fan-shape
Broad Fan-shape
Narrow Weeping
Broad Weeping

FRUIT COLOUR
(o)Fruit

FLOWER BED PICTURES
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Blue,
White,
Yellow,
Green for Orange and Other Colours with
Red and Pink in one page (shown in the Colour Wheel as Red, Purple and Pink)
Flower Colours per Month in Colour Wheel below in this DECIDUOUS SHRUB Gallery

Click on Black or White box in Colour of Month.

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Deciduous Shrub Height from Text Border

Blue = 0-2 feet

Green=2-6 feet

Red = 6+ feet

Deciduous Shrub Soil Moisture from Text Background

Wet Soil

Moist Soil

Dry Soil

Click on thumbnail to add the Plant Description Page of the Deciduous Shrub named in the Text box below that photo.
The Comments Row of that Deciduous Shrub Description Page details where that Deciduous Shrub is available from.

 

Deciduous Shrub Name

Flower Colour

Flowering Months

Height x Spread in feet (cms) (cms)

Foliage Colour

A

Abelia
schumannii
...
...
Abutilon
suntense

Rose-Purple and
White
...
...
White to dark
Violet-Blue

July, August,
September
...
...
June, July
...

5 x 6
(150 x 180)
...
...
12 x 8
(360 x 240)

Bronze juvenile foliage. Dark Green in Summer.
Red, Orange in Autumn and Winter.
Grey-Green
...

Acer palmatum
'Bloodgood'
Acer palmatum
'Burgundy Lace'
Acer palmatum
'Chitoseyama'
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'

Purple-Red
...
Purple-Red
...
Purple-Red
...
Bronze-Red
...
...

August
...
August
...
August
...
April
...
...

15 x 15
(450 x 450)
12 x 15
(360 x 450)
6 x 10
(180 x 300)
3 x 5
(90 x 150)
...

Red-Purple to Red
in Autumn.
Red-Purple
...
Crimson-Green to Purple-Red in Autumn.
Bronze-Red in Spring, Purple in Summer, Red, Orange and Yellow in Autumn.

Amelanchier
lamarckii
...
...

White
...
...
...

March, April
...
...
...

30 x 40
(900 x 1200)
...
...

Rounded leaves unfold Bronze, then mature Dark Green and followed by rich Red-Orange in the Autumn.

B

Berberis
thunbergii
atropurpurea
Berberis
thunbergii
atropurpurea
'Dart's Red Lady'

Berberis
thunbergii atropurpurea
'Erecta'
Berberis
thunbergii
atropurpurea
'Atropurpurea Nana'
Berberis thunbergii atropurpurea 'Rose Glow'

Pale Yellow
...
...
Pale Yellow
...
...
...
Pale Yellow
...
...
...
Pale Yellow
...
...
...
...
Pale Yellow
...
...

April
...
...
April
...
...
...
April
...
...
...
April
...
...
...
...
April
...
...

2 x 2.5
(60 x 75)
...
2 x 2.5
(60 x 75)
...
...
5 x 5
(150 x 150)
...
...
2 x 2.5
(60 x 75)
...
...
...
2 x 2.5
(60 x 75)
...

Red-Purple turns Red in the Autumn.
...
Red-Purple turns Bright
Orange- Red in Autumn.
...
...
Light Green.
...
...
...
Red-Purple
...
...
...
...
Red-Purple flecked with
White. Juvenile foliage has no variegation.

Betula nana
...
...
Buddleja davidii
...
...

Yellow-Brown
Male
Catkins
Lilac to Purple
...
...

April
...
...
July, August,
September, October

2 x 4
(60 x 120)
...
15 x 15
(450 x 450)
...

Mid-Green in Spring
and Summer, Yellow or Red in Autumn.
Grey-Green
...
...

C

Chamaecytisus purpureus
incarnatus

Pale Pink to
Deep Lilac
...

June
...
...

1.5 x 2
(45 x 60)
...

Mid Green
...
...

Chaenomeles
japonica
Chaenomeles x superba

Orange to
Red
White, Pink or
Crimson

April, May
...
April, May,
June, July

3 x 6
(90 x 180)
5 x 6
(150 x 180)

Mid Green
...
Mid Green
...

Corokia
cotoneaster

Fragrant Yellow
...

June
...

8 x 8
(240 x 240)

Dark Green
...

Cotoneaster horizontalis
...

Pinkish-White
...
...

May, June
...
...

1.5 x 5
(45 x 150)
...

Glossy Dark Green in
Spring and Summer, Orange in Autumn

Cytisus
battandieri

...
Cytisus beanii
...
Cytisus 'Lena'
...
...
Cytisus
scoparius
andreanus

...

Pineapple-
scented
Yellow
Rich Yellow
...
Dark Yellow with
outside being
Bright Red
Bright Yellow
with Red
splashed on
outside

July, August
...
...
April, May
...
May, June
...
...
May
...
...
...

15 x 15
(450 x 450)
...
2 x 3
(60 x 90)
4 x 5
(120 x 150)
...
5 x 5
(150 x 150)
...
...

Silvery-Grey
...
...
Mid Green
...
Mid Green
...
...
Mid Green
...
...
...

D

Deutzia scabra
'Pride of Rochester'

White tinged with
Pink

June, July
...

10 x 6
(300 x 180)

Dark Green
...

E

 

 

 

 

 

F

Forsythia
...
Fuchsia
'Abbey Farges'
...
...
Fuchsia 'Flash'
...
...
...
Fuchsia
'General Monk'
...
...
Fuchsia
'Lady Thumb'
...
...

Yellow
...
Light Cerise
...
...
...
Light Magenta
...
...
...
Cerise
...
...
...
Red-Crimson
...
...
...

April
...
June, July,
August,
September, October
June, July,
August,
September, October
June, July,
August,
September, October
June, July,
August,
September, October

7 x 6
(210 x 180)
1.5 x 1.5
(45 x 45)
...
...
2.5 x 2.5
(75 x 75)
...
...
2 x 2
(60 x 60)
...
...
1 x 1
(30 x 30)
...
...

Light Green
...
Light Green
...
...
...
Light Green
...
...
...
Medium to Dark Green
...
...
...
Green
...
...
...

G

Genista lydia
...
Genista pilosa
...

Bright Yellow
...
Bright Yellow
...

May, June
...
June, July
...

2 x 3
(60 x 90)
1.3 x 3
(39 x 90)

Blue-Green
...
Dark Green
...

H

Hamamelis mollis
...

Fragrant
Golden-Yellow

February,
March

12 x 12
(360 x 360)

Mid-Green turns
yellow in autumn

Hydrangea
macrophylla
...
...
...
Hydrangea villosa
...

Blue (on soils with pH less than 5.5 - very acidic) or Pink (on soils above pH 5.5)
Blue-Purple
...

July, August
...
...
...
...
August
...

6x 8
(180 x 240)
...
...
...
8 x 8
(240 x 240)

Dark Green
...
...
...
...
Dark Green
...

I

 

 

 

 

 

J

Jasminum
nudiflorum

...

Bright Yellow before the foliage appears

January,
February, March, April

10 x 10
(300 x 300)
...

Dark Green
...
...

K

Kerria japonica
...

Golden-Yellow
...

April, May
...

6 x 8
(180 x 24)

Bright Green
...

L

Leycesteria
formosa

White with
Red Bracts

July, August,
September

6 x 6
(180 x 180)

Dark Green
...

Lonicera caerulea
...
Lonicera xylosteum
...

Yellowish-
White
Creamy-
White

April, May
...
June, July
...

6 x 6
(180 x 180)
10 x 10
(300 x 300)

Green
...
Grey-Green
...

M, N, O

 

 

 

 

 

P

Paeonia delavayi
...
Paeonia lutea
...
Paeonia
'Souvenir de
Maxine Cornu'
...
Paeonia
suffruticosa
...
...
...
Paeonia
suffruticosa
'Red Tree'

Dark Red
...
Vivid Yellow
...
Fragrant Golden Yellow with Reddish-Orange
margins
Fragrant White,
Pink, Red
or Purple with Maroon marks at the bases
Rich Dark Red
...
...

June
...
June
...
June
...
...
...
June
...
...
...
...
June
...
...

6 x 4
(180 x 120)
5 x 5
(150 x 150)
6 x 5
(180 x 150)
...
...
7 x 7
(210 x 210)
...
...
...
7 x 7
(210 x 210)
...

Dark Green
...
Dark Green
...
Mid Green
...
...
...
Dark Green
...
...
...
...
Light Green
...
...

Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

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