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Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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If you are looking for that one thing that will give your home a rich, professionally landscaped appearance... This is it. You can't drive by without looking at this amazingly bright tree.

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Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Brilliant Scarlet Red you won't find with other Bloodgoods

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All Bloodgoods are NOT the same... this one could add thousands of dollars to the value of your home. Most Japanese Maples are grown from seed. This is a quick, cheap way to produce a tree with poor color and form.

Your tree is one in a million... Really! Chosen for it's bright color and appearance. We graft a cutting from a near perfect Mother tree on to a hardy root stock. So your tree is genetically identical to its parent and will have the same color and traits. These cuttings are scarce.

Your tree is grown up to 4 years longer than other Bloodgoods. We take a root stock, similar in size to what our competitors sell. Then we cut it back... graft on to it... continually prune it... and grow it for several more years. Your tree is bumped into larger containers until it develops a massive root system that will propel it's growth when planted in your yard.

Your Japanese Maple is a focal point of your landscape. So instead of blending in... your tree stands out with amazing color. Landscape Designers love to use red because it compliments an otherwise dull green yard. And you won't find a redder Bloodgood than this one. It's foliage stays scarlet for most of the year... rather than just a few weeks. Summer burgundy foliage turns bright red as the weather cools.

A small tree that you can plant near your home, patio or tight places. Trim to your desired height or let it grow to its full 15 feet. The roots are well behaved, so many people plant Japanese Maples near their foundation to accent corners and angles of their home. They also work great for small yards, entry ways,  accents or as property dividers.

Bloodgoods are versatile and will grow in partial shade or full sun. So you don't have to worry about tall shade trees nearby or shade from close structures.

Similar Bloodgood Japanese Maples sell for as much as $200, if you can find them. We are able to offer yours at an extremely low price as a result of our large volume. They will sell out, so order while supplies are available.




Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 15 ft.
Mature Width: 15-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Specific Directions for Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Plant your Bloodgood Japanese Maple Tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Japanese Maples can tolerate full sun, but prefer partial shade. Make sure that your Japanese Maple doesn't sit in a low area that collects standing water. Plant your Japanese Maples about five feet apart for a privacy screen.

Japanese Maple Trees will adapt to your natural soil, even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Water your Japanese Maple when your soil feels slightly damp to the touch. To avoid sun scorch give your Tree water during the early morning or late afternoon.

Your Japanese Maple Tree won't need to be fertilized unless you know that your lawn lacks nutrients. To fertilize your tree give it a slow release well balanced fertilizer every Spring. In the Spring red leaves will emerge on your Japanese Maple and turn a dark purple color as the Summer progresses before turning a vibrant bright red color in the Fall.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Bloodgood Japanese Maple.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Bloodgood Japanese Maple gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Bloodgood Japanese Maple again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I have had this tree for over 7 years now. I live in zone 6. I have found where I have planted it which sets in all day long sun coming out of the east, south and west that my tree requires about 20minutes of hose soaking a day threw spring and summer otherwise the leaves start to look burnt on top. I am planning to put up a fence which will finnally shade it a bit and do much better. It is a beautiful tree even with some burnt leaves, I just pick them off. If you get this tree I would shade it a little otherwise plan on ample watering times, seriously hose turned up high for atleast 20 minutes each day all spring thew early fall. Another note the tree grows extremely slow. After almost 8 years mine is about 8 feet tall and 6 1/2 feet rounded, rounded isn't really a correct term it's shaping appears like a child's building blocks house - n - garages for their hot wheel cars. However mine is doubled trunked so like 2 trees in one. Also not very full or dense with leaves. It barely gives enough shade for my full shaded ground coverage planted underneath around the tree. Everyone compliments and inquires about it wanting one for their self.
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December 31, 2012
Very Disappointing tree. Received with partially dried leaves, 3 weeks later all leaves brittle and no new growth. Now just a big twig in the ground
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
The tiny tree bloomed with beautiful red leaves in the spring but within 2 months the leaves had died. I see no other forms of new growth although I will leave the tree in the ground another season in hope of renewal.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
I love this little tree. It is exactly as it was portayed to be.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
I loved my little maple tree! I didn't do anything special for it -just watered it once a week. It was growing wonderfully until an evil gopher got it, I will buy another and hope it will look and grow as nicely as the first one.
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December 31, 2012
I have had my tree almost a yr now. I have watered, fertilized and babied this tree but it looks terrible! I love the tree, I want so bad for it to thrive but something has to be wrong. It was in good shape when it arrived but has not done well for some reason. I need some comments or help as to what to do with it. Thank
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December 31, 2012
Not happy with this type of tree... Poor dull color and dingy looking...
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December 31, 2012
I love the tree. It has survived well and looks great in my garden. I was a bit concerned as to how it would survive being ""shipped"" but it came really well protected in a special container
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Absolutely beautiful tree. Needs little upkeep. Can be pruned if you want an airy look, or leave as is to get a gorgeous mound of red. Keeps its color long into the late summer. I put one in my front yard for a little privacy but not something that is overwhelming. It works perfectly for that reason
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December 31, 2012
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
I ordered the 4-6 ft tree about 3 months ago. It arrived healthy and had a beautiful shape.
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
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When should you prune lower branches to expedite taller tree growth?
Nancy H on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: i'm sorry I cannot help you. I have had mine one year and want it to grow a little bit more before I start pruning but I also had never thought of cutting off the lower branches but probably will look at mine again tonight but maybe the Fast Growing Tree people can help with this question. Good Luck, Johnita.
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Can I plant blood good maple in zone 10 ?
Brian P on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: Zone 10 gets a little too hot for the Bloodgood Japanese Maple.
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Hi can I plant the Japanese coral maple tree in zone 7( Brooklyn, NY) and what month is the best time to plant them?
Norine on Jul 14, 2014
Best Answer: I planted in Pleasanton California in April in a shady / part sun. Its hot now and I protected it in the winter and its doing great
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A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I've never grown a Japanese Maple in pots, but collect them and see the various nurseries I buy from endorse growing them that way as well as planted in the ground. All the nurseries say the pot grown trees are smaller in maturity than the ground planted ones.
Reply · Report · Nancy T on Jun 9, 2014
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How fast does the Japanese Maple grow?
Mad Mag Al on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: not much in california, but i was warned that it does not do well here.
Reply · Report · richard b on Jul 13, 2014
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How large a tree can I order to have it delivered as a gift? As in the japanese blood good maple....
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
Best Answer: All of our items can be sent as gifts. Unfortunately the Bloodgood Japanese Maple is currently on back order until further notice, but we often carry it in sizes ranging from 1 - 2 ft, 2 - 3 ft, 3 - 4 ft, 4 - 5 ft, and 5 - 6 foot
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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Can a Japanese bloodgood maple grow near a black walnut tree?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: No - It appears that the walnut tree will kill the maple. Did a quick google - read a few blogs and all state the same. Blood maples are beautiful trees and very hardy, but I guess everything has it's own kryptonite.
Reply · Report · Chad M on Jun 14, 2014
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Do they lose their leaves in winter. We live in central Florida, near Orlando?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: The Bloodgood Japanese Maple goes dormant in the winter, so it loses it's leaves. It should grow well in Orlando.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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I live in southwest Flordia on the Gulf side will a bloodgood Japanese grow here?
Linda C on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: I live in a South Florida in zone 9 and according to the map it will grow here. Find your zone & match it to your tree. I bought mine a few weeks ago, so far it's doing well.
Reply · Report · Andrea T on Jul 28, 2014
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what type soil do Japanese maples prefer? acidic?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: No somewhere in the neutral range(7ish-6) would be fine. They do however prefer a fungal dominate soil that does affect ph.
Reply · Report · Whitney B on Jun 6, 2014
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Is the height of the tree that you listed the mature height? How big is it when it arrives? How many days till we get it from UPS?
Dave S on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Bloodgood Maple I bought was around 4 feet when I received it. It arrived rather quick after ordering it and in very good condition. We had a rather harsh winter last year and unfortunately the maple didn't survive. I will purchase another when I am ready.
Reply · Report · David M on Jun 9, 2014
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What does it mean when the leaves of this tree gets lots of small yellow spots. What can I do to save it if it infested with bugs?
Ann N on Jul 9, 2014
Best Answer: The Yellow Spots cold be from sun light drying water droplets on the leaves. It could also be a fungus. Remove any leaves with spots and apply an organic fungicide to your tree. To get rid of bugs sprinkle seven dust on your tree or an organic pesticide.
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When should I prune lower branches ?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: I would perform any pruning in the early spring, March or April, depending on when the frost breaks for your area. I have not pruned mine to any material extent due to the very slow growth nature of these trees. My two trees were in good proportional shape upon receipt.
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We planted a new Bloodgoods maple last spring first set of leaves turn brown and then lost them, the second set of leaves are doing the same. The tree is on full sun. Water is good. Help?
A shopper on Jul 29, 2014
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Bloodgood Japanese Maple can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.