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Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' | Red Leaf Japanese maple - 50-80cm, 10lt

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' | Red Leaf Japanese maple - 50-80cm, 10lt

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Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum', or red leaf Japanese maple, is a small, slow-growing, deciduous shrub with delicate, upright branches and beautiful finely-divided, deep red leaves that change colour throughout the year. It is grown for its stunning foliage and interesting growth habit. Deep burgundy red of spring leaves fades to light green in early summer, then turn to golden, orange, and red in autumn. Unnoticeable red-purple flowers are followed by winged purple fruits. Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' thrives in moist, well-drained soil, in a sheltered position. To achieve the best leaf colour, it must be in partial shade, though it tolerates full sun if the soil is moist. It also needs to be sheltered from drying winds. An outstanding ornamental tree, perfect for small yards, urban gardens, or as a front yard accent. Suitable for growing in pots and containers.
  • Common Name

    Japanese maple, Red Leaf Japanese maple

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous shrub or small tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    East Asia

  • Flower

    inconspicuous, red-purple

  • Foliage

    deeply lobed, purple leaves that turn to scarlet in autumn

  • Maturation period

    10-20 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

compact, bushy, round or vase-shape

Preferred Location


South-facing, East-facing, West-facing, sheltered from winds

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, and neutral soil, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well drained

Growing Period


April and May


spring, summer, autumn



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About Us

During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

What you will not find is hot tubs, garden furniture and plastic garden gnomes. In a nutshell, trees is what we know and trees is what we do, and only trees (and some shrubs to go with the trees).

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