Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Atropurpureum Japanese Maple

Newly planted

Newly planted


Family: Sapindaceae

Genus: Acer

Parent: Acer palmatum

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 20'

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Red foliage in spring but fading to green during the summer. New growth always red to purple. Non-dissected. Good red autumn color.


Introduced to cultivation around 1857.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 3-gallon plant from Lowes in spring 2007 and potted it up to a larger container until it was planted in the ground in summer 2009. It started growing in the pot and continued in the ground, gaining around 3' by summer 2010. Beautiful spring appearance, purple-red, but suffers from the heat and sun throughout the summer. I potted it up again in late summer 2010 to use the space for a better tree.

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