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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Tree

Japanese Maple Tree
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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is one of the best purple-leafed varieties of Japanese maple 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 small tree or shrub 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 variety in a wide range of sizes from small compact but great quality plants, to stunning, semi mature bushes which will add an instant feature to any garden.

AKA Japanese Maple Bloodgood, Acer Bloodgood

  • Common name: Japanese Maple tree
  • 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 foliage in spring and summer that develops shades of blood red in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to all but very wet soils

Planting Advice For Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Trees

Pot grown Bloodgood Japanese Maples can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole, especially if you have poor soil.

When planting Japanese Maples, use ericaceous compost when possible as this encourages vibrant foliage colour. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.

The tree planting guide has further information and videos.

Watering & Aftercare Advice For Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. It is important to keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. 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.

Once planted, 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 Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can give instructions on where to leave them via the checkout or email sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

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

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Form refers to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. The photos within the product tables can help you visualise it - click on the photo to enlarge it. For more information, see our Tree Forms Guide or phone our team.

Pruned and shaped: A tree that has had pruning to help create a beautiful overall shape, with the pruning being tailored to the variety. It is our most popular form.

Top grafted: A top grafted tree has a height noted next to the form (e.g. 'Top grafted at 45cm'), which refer to the clear stem height. This bare stem will not grow taller, only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small gardens or patios.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

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.

Bush: On our website a bush means a plant with many stems low down, rather than one singular clear stem.

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 ground to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (the circumference of the stem measured 1m above ground), 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: 90-120cm Root type: 7.5L pot Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 90-120cm 7.5L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 60-90cm Root type: 10L pot Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 60-90cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 110-130cm Root type: 15L pot Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £64.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 110-130cm 15L pot £64.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 140-160cm Root type: 30L pot Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £159.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 140-160cm 30L pot £159.99 (ex VAT)
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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 55L pot Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' Price £229.00 (ex VAT)
Bush 150-200cm 55L pot £229.00 (ex VAT)
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