Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’

Red Japanese Maple

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Trees

Evergreen-Deciduous: Deciduous

Overall Mature Size: Medium

Also Grown As: Natural Low Branching

Mature Height & Spread: 20' x 20'

Natural Growth Habit: Rounded

Native To: Asia, Japan

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Insignificant

Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Cold Hardy / Deer Resistant / Fall Color / Intermountain Conditions / Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes: #5, #15, 24" Box, 36" Box

Sunset Garden Zones: 2-10, 12, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

A Bit More

This stunning deciduous tree often tops tree lovers’ wish lists. An enviable form and consistently wine-red colored lobed leaves make a bold statement in otherwise green landscapes. With the toothed leaves morphing from deep purple to bronze to bronze green before a fall turn to an even more brilliant scarlet, the Red Japanese Maple offers year-round interest. Topping out at 15-20 feet with about half that spread, it delights in full sun to partial shade and makes an excellent subject for bonsai and/or containers. Its natural umbrella shape may have many trunks with branches brushing the ground if not pruned. Its slow growth habit accommodates pruning procrastinators. Pretty red winged fruit or samaras introduce further textural interest. In southern California and other warm climates, it is wise to shelter it from hot, dry winds and direct sun and to give it consistent water. Red Japanese Maples are particularly stunning grouped in groves. Their non-invasive root systems make them excellent subjects next to patios or walkways. The Japanese maples were introduced to western society by the Swedish doctor, Carl Peter Thunberg who named the species “palmatum” for its leaves’ resemblance to the open human palm. Japanese maples resist oak root fungus and is not prone to pest or disease problems.