Bloodgood Maple

Facts About The Bloodgood Maple

The bloodgood maple is a Japanese maple tree. Japanese maples are becoming very popular because they have such beautiful foliage. They are classified by color and the bloodgood maple falls into the category of red Japanese maple trees.

While many red Japanese maple trees are striking, particularly in the fall when they turn even brighter, the bloodgood maple is among the most colorful of all. Most people plant them especially for their brilliant fall foliage. The tree has reddish-purple leaves throughout the summer but they turn a bright crimson red just in time for fall viewing.

The bloodgood maple grows to be around twenty feet high and has a width of just about twenty feet as well. It grows best in a sunny location that has some shade, at least a part of each day. You can grow this tree in USDA zones five through eight. They do not do well in clay or very alkaline soils. Don’t be impatient with your tree as these Japanese maples tend to be very slow growers. When planting, you should fertilize for the first time, and after that, once a year in the spring before it begins its summer growth.

When planting your bloodgood maple tree, choose a spot where it gets sun, but not the scorching sun of midday. They are known as “understory plants,” which means that they need some shade to stay healthy. The root system is not the traditional taproot type, but rather a root network that primarily stays quite shallow, although going deeper as the tree gets older and older. Because their roots do not take up a lot of room, this is an excellent tree to plant near other foliage.

The hole you make for your Japanese maple should be a little bit larger than the roots of the plant. You should prepare the soil in advance by adding lots of organic compost. An azalea or rose planting compost works great.  Place the plant in the hole and replace the dirt, leaving the root collar of the tree at ground level.  Experts suggest that if you have soil that is clay, you should leave a little bit of the root system above the ground and mound the soil up against the root collar. This is done to protect the plant from getting overly dry. Water the tree abundantly at planting.

Because the bloodgood maple can burn in too much heat, it is best to water the tree twice a day if you are having a drought or an unusually hot summer. . It is also a good idea to mulch the tree heavily, especially right after planting it to keep in as much moisture as possible. After the tree is three years old, it is time to prune it. This is not an absolute requirement. You can leave the natural growth as is, but if you like a more shaped and rounded look, pruning will be in order. It is very much a personal preference and will not add or deter from the health of the tree.

Japanese maples have an upright growth with very nice horizontal branching. Because of their spectacular foliage color in the fall, many people use them as a contrast against other trees with green foliage. This is certainly true of this very bright red maple. They are often the focal point of an entire yard. In fact, the stark contrast of this one bright red maple in a yard where all the other trees and plants are green, produces such an effect that you may even have people stopping by to ask what kind of tree you are growing.