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ACER palmatum 'Atropurpureum Novum'

Image of Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum Novum'

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER palmatum 'Atropurpureum Novum'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Purple-leaved Japanese Maple, Japanese Maple

General Description

The beautiful and ubiquitous Japanese maple is a small deciduous tree native to eastern Asia. A colorful and fast growing cultivar introduced in the early twentieth century, 'Atropurpureum Novum' has five-lobed, palmate (hand-shaped) leaves which emerge purplish-red in spring, fade to bronzy green in summer, and turn fiery tones in fall. Clusters of red flowers dangle from the branches in spring, followed by small green two-winged fruits that mature to red-brown. In winter, the stark gray branches will add to any garden or landscape.

This lovely wide-spreading tree prefers sites with rich, well-drained soil and part sun to part shade. It makes a lovely lawn or understory tree.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red

  • Bark Color

    Red, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes