Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Common name: 
Bloodgood Japanese Maple
A-ser pal-MAY-tum
Sapindaceae, Aceraceae
A. p. var. atropurpureum ‘Bloodgood’
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous, small round headed tree, 15-20 ft (4.5-6 m) tall.  Leaves have typical A. palmatum leaf shape, has 5 lobes, including 2 small lobes near base of blade, lobes divided to about half the distance to the center (proximal end of petiole), deep reddish-purple leaf color held well into summer, but may "bronze out" before turning crimson in the fall.  (Although van Gelderen, de Jong, and Oterdoom (1994) state that this cultivar has "no special autumn color".)  Fruit has red wings and hang in clusters for a long time.
  • First marketed in the US by Bloodgood Nursery, Long Island, NY.  This is one of the most popular Redleaf or Purpleleaf Japanese Maples (i.e., of the atropurpureum form or group).  Unfortunately, more than a single clone under this name is in the nursery trade (Dirr, 1998).
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast of Bexell Hall..
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  • plant habit, spring

    plant habit, spring

  • leafy shoot, spring

    leafy shoot, spring

  • leaves, spring

    leaves, spring

  • leaves, summer

    leaves, summer

  • plant habit, late summer

    plant habit, late summer

  • leaves, late summer

    leaves, late summer

  • leaves, late summer

    leaves, late summer

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall