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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Tree

Japanese Maple Tree
  • Now From £39.99 (ex VAT)

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is one of the best purple-leafed Japanese Maple varieties with strong spring interest. A wonderful rich red/purple colour floods the deeply lobed leaves in spring and the colour holds well throughout summer. The foliage turns a bright crimson, or blood red in autumn, giving this Maple its name.

Planted in a slightly sheltered position and avoiding heavy, waterlogged soils, this Japanese Maple will provide vibrant colour for most of the year. Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is an upright growing maple tree and can be expected to reach an approximate height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years.

We have this very popular Japanese Maple variety in a wide range of sizes from quality small plants, to stunning semi mature specimens.

AKA Bloodgood Japanese Maple tree, Acer Bloodgood

  • Common name: Japanese Maple Bloodgood
  • Latin name: Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Red/purple in spring and summer, turning crimson red in autumn
  • Soil: Prefers moist well-draining sites with acidic to neutral soil

Planting Advice For Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Trees

Our pot grown Bloodgood Japanese Maples can be planted at any time of the year. Remove all weeds and grass within a metre of the planting site, then dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately twice as wide. We recommend sprinkling root grow in the hole to help Japanese Maples establish more effectively, especially if the soil is poor.

Remove the pot and place the root mass in the planting hole so that the surface is flush with the surrounding ground. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Use ericaceous compost when possible as this encourages vibrant foliage colour in Japanese Maples.

Finish by watering generously around the base. The tree planting guide has further information and videos.

Watering & Aftercare Advice For Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Trees

Japanese Maples require a good watering regime for the first couple of years by watering well and regularly throughout spring and summer. Increase in periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. If possible, use rain water instead of tap water as this is more acidic and better for foliage colour. We stock a range of irrigation kits for more effective watering.

Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If there is snow fall, gently brush the snow from the branches to ensure it does not weigh down the framework and cause damage.

Pruning Advice For Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Trees

Pruning should be carried out in the dormant season (November to March) as Japanese Maples bleed during other times of the year, which can weaken the branches. Japanese Maples rarely need pruning as their natural shape is normally the most attractive. Any pruning should be carried out with a less is more approach, only removing crossing, damaged or diseased branches.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 50-70cm Root type: 5L pot* Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £39.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 50-70cm 5L pot* £39.99 (ex VAT) Was £49.99 (ex VAT)
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 60-90cm Root type: 10L pot* Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 60-90cm 10L pot* £54.99 (ex VAT)
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 110-130cm Root type: 15L pot* Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 110-130cm 15L pot* £69.99 (ex VAT)
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 160-180cm Root type: 65L pot* Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £299.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 160-180cm 65L pot* £299.99 (ex VAT)
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 160-180cm Root type: 90L pot* Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £349.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 160-180cm 90L pot* £349.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)