Japanese maple Acer 'Atropurpureum' green-red - Hardy plant

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Japanese maple Acer 'Atropurpureum' green-red - Hardy plant

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Colourful Japan
Japanese feel in your garden? Then the Japanese maple 'Atropurpureum' (Acer palmatum) is a perfect choice! The hardy shrub has a different colour every season! The leaves of the Japanese maple (Acer Palmatum) are light green in the spring, grass green in the summer and dark red in the autumn. With its upright growth habit, the Japanese maple is a striking picture. The hardy shrub can be planted all year round.
The shrub does not require pruning. If you want to prune anyway, do it in late summer or early autumn. Plant the Japanese maple in partial shade. The shrub prefers well-drained soil. Give it extra water during dry periods.

If you buy deciduous shrubs in autumn they might not be looking quite as beautiful as usual. The big benefit of planting shrubs in autumn is that by spring they will be well rooted in the garden and ready to burst into growth.
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Japanese maple Acer 'Atropurpureum' green-red - Hardy plant - Shrub

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Estimated delivery time 6-8 working days

Latin name: Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Red,Brown
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow, Shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Growing Height: 150 - 200 cm
Planting distance: 150 - 200 cm

What do I need?

  •  Bucket
  •  Trowel
  •  Sand, garden peat and compost
  •  Outdoor pot (optional)

First, place the Japanese maple in a bucket of lukewarm water for an hour before planting. Japanese maple grows well in fairly moist, acidic soil that contains a lot of humus. You can improve the quality of the soil with garden peat and compost. Is there a lot of clay in your soil? If so, dig a bit deeper and fill the hole with sand, garden peat and compost first. Japanese maple feel at their best the semi-shade, but they can also live in the sun as long as the soil contains enough water.

How do I plant the Japanese maple directly into the ground?
  •  Choose a spot in your garden where the Japanese maple won’t be in the afternoon sun.
  •  Dig a planting hole and loosen up the soil very well.
  •  Place the top of the root ball just below ground level.
  •  Fill the hole with soil and press it firmly into place.
  •  Water the Japanese maple immediately after planting.
How do I plant the Japanese maple in a pot?
  •  Remove the Japanese maple from the nursery pot
  •  Choose an outdoor pot that allows excessive water to drain easily.
  •  Add some garden peat and compost to a large pot and place the maple inside.
  •  Give your plant a bit of water right away.
  •  Place the outdoor pot in a shady spot and set it out in the sun for an hour longer each day, which allows the plant to adapt.


How do I care for my Acer?

Japanese maples are sturdy trees that require little maintenance.

Japanese maples grow slowly, so you don’t actually need to prune them. If you want to, you can keep it in shape by trimming the longer branches in June.

Acers in pots can’t stand full sun: they do not handle it well. If it is very dry outside your maple certainly appreciates a bit of water. 


The wonderful dark reddish-brown leaves of Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ are handsomely incised. In the autumn the leaves turn to a magnificent bright-red colour. This compact ornamental shrub is really suitable for the small garden, for the border and for the rock garden. You can also grow the Japanese maple ‘ Atropurpureum’ in a large flower pot or container for the patio.

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