Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Common Name: 

Red leaf Japanese maple

Season: 

Early Spring
Fall

Location: 

Station 5 - Great Lawn and Site of Original Summer House

When Ed Dunn planted this tree, this was considered a nice cultivar. Now, decades later, this selection is rather ho-hum…

Newer select cultivars keep their intense purple leaf coloration for a much longer period. This tree fades out, come late June, to a dull matte purplish green. Not terrible, but not very sexy, either…
Autumn color is not fabulous either. Why do we keep it? For historical reasons.

In general, Japanese maples are an excellent selection for the urban garden. Not too large growing, adaptable to sun or shade (supplemental summer water is appreciated), potentially excellent autumn color and a nice winter outline are all positive attributes.

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'