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Acer palmatum 'Scolopendriifolium Atropurpureum' | Bamboo-Leaf Japanese Maple - 40-60cm, 5lt

Acer palmatum 'Scolopendriifolium Atropurpureum' | Bamboo-Leaf Japanese Maple - 40-60cm, 5lt

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Acer palmatum 'Scolopendriifolium Atropurpureum' is a small, slow-growing deciduous shrub or small tree with upright, spreading, slightly cascading habit and long bamboo-like foliage. Thin, palmate, deeply-divided, ferny, lobed leaves, on dark purple stems, are light green in spring, darker green in summer, and yellow in autumn. Corymbs of red flowers emerge in mid spring, before the leaves. It grows best in moist, but well-drained soil of any type, in full sun or partial shade. Leaves achieve the best colour when in partial shade. Lack of soil moisture and excess exposure can cause leaf scorch. It should be sheltered from harsh winds. Somewhat tolerant to urban pollution. Acer palmatum 'Scolopendriifolium Atropurpureum' makes a great accent feature. Its long, ferny, palmate leaves are highly ornamental and attractive. Low maintenance plant. Perfect for small, urban and cottage gardens, Suitable for growing in containers.
  • Common Name

    Bamboo-Leaf Japanese Maple, Linearilobum Japanese Maple

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    East Asia

  • Flower

    corymbs of red flowers emerge in mid spring, before the leaves

  • Foliage

    thin, palmate, deeply-divided, ferny, lobed leaves, light green in spring, darker green in summer, and yellow in autumn

  • Maturation period

    5-10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

bushy, upright, spreading, slightly cascading

Preferred Location


East–facing or North–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

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

Soil moisture

moist but well-drained

Growing Period




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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