Acer palmatum bloodgood

Acer palmatum bloodgood


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade.


Garden hybrid


Expect an approximate height of 4 metres.


Attractive foliage with burgundy red coloring turns brilliant scarlet in autumn. Interesting blackish red bark provides striking interest in winter. Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the drip line 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.

Additional Information:

Confirming the origin of ‘Bloodgood’ has been difficult as it has been in circulation for many years. Some references state that it is named for the Bloodgood Nursery founded in 1793 on Long Island, which was the first American vendor of this variety. It is claimed that this hybrid was introduced to North American gardening shortly after the Civil War. we drew a blank on where Bloodgood Nursery obtained their first specimens. European growers claim it as theirs, and it may have been first grown without a name in The Netherlands as a select form of the first ‘Atropureums’ obtained from Japan through the sole trading port in Nagasaki.

So what have we got in our garden. Most likely a seedling from Acer palmatum atropurpurea and grafted onto a root stock.


From most good garden centres.


Posted on

January 23, 2018