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Acer (Japanese Maple) Palmatum Atropurpureum

Atropurpureum is a round-headed Acer variety with deeply lobed, red-purple leaves that turn a brilliant red in autumn. Like other Japanese maples, it needs a sunny or partially shaded spot that is protected from cold winds. The soil should be moist but well-drained. 

Acer Atropurpureum is suitable for growing in a large container, using John Innes No 2 compost that is naturally acidic to help the young tree develop.

Acers do not require or tolerate pruning. Pruning should only be undertaken to improve their overall shape and size. 

Height and Spread - 4m (13') when fully grown.
Fully hardy perennial. Supplied in 9cm pots.
Flower Colour
Purple, Red

Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest, Suitable for Container

Hardy Perennial


September onwards

Flowering Time
Spring, Summer

Full or Part Shade

4m (160)

4m (160")



Moist but well-drained


Sun or part shade

Additional Information

This low maintenance deciduous plant. Prefers sun or partial shade. For the first two years it is best to grow in a large pot or container. Happy in borders and containers, in acid or neutral soils, loam, clay, sandy or even chalk. Pruning group 1 in late winter or early spring. Hardy perennial.

Delivery Date: 02 Nov 2018 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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"Thank you ladies for your beautiful plants.
Praise also, for the Bulrush Compost, of which I have purchased 8 bags during the past six months. It is superb and my garden has flourished.
Bless you,
Kind wishes"
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