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Acer palmatum Atropurpureum (Red Japanese Maple) Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.
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Acer palmatum

ssp. matsumurae 'Atropurpureum' dry seed

Red Japanese Maple

In Stock: 8.867 lb (Total:17.983lb)
This seed lot is dewinged.
  • Acer palmatum atropurpureum Dry, Dewinged Seed

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in cold water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 120 days, cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Acer palmatum atropurpureum or Red Japanese Maple is a stunning tree that adds year-round interest to any garden. Showcasing lacy, deep-red leaves in spring, fading to light green in summer, it transforms into a spectacle of golden, orange, or red hues in fall, making it a sensation of the season. Winter exposes its delicate structure and smooth gray bark, creating an exquisite silhouette that is sure to capture attention.
The tree thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5B through 8 and prefers well-drained, acidic soil enriched with organic matter. It can grow in partial shade and tolerates clay, loam, and sandy soils, making it a versatile choice for garden landscapes.
Known for its durability, the Red Japanese Maple outshines its green-leaved cousins as it's slightly hardier. Reaching about 20 feet high and wide, this compact tree has a graceful vase-shaped form with upright branches. The multiple trunks add a unique aesthetic element, especially when lit up at night, further enhancing the tree's beauty.
Despite its stunning appearance, the Red Japanese Maple is not just for show. It's also a great choice for bonsai enthusiasts due to its flexible branches and hardiness.
Though tough, this tree is susceptible to aphids and scorch from high temperatures, therefore it requires proper attention for optimal health. But don't let this discourage you. With the right care and location, the Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' will provide a remarkable focal point in your garden. Don’t just grow a tree, host a year-long spectacle with the Red Japanese Maple.

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