Once in a while there's a plant that makes a big impact in the gardening world, captivating the attention of gardeners everywhere.
In recent years, the purple leaf Loropetalum shrubs and trees are a prime example of such a plant...
Bloodgood Japanese Maple is a very popular cultivar of the upright, Japanese red maples. Bloodgood is a compact understory tree popular for its attractive foliage and shape. Grows 15 to 20' tall and about the same in width. Palmate leaves are deep-reddish purple and hold their color well through Summer, then turning to crimson-red in Fall. An excellent specimen or accent tree around the home or in landscape islands. Well-drained soil is a must. Grows in sun or partial shade.
There are various methods for pruning Japanese maples, however, when properly located in the garden they don't usually require anything more than a light, corrective pruning of a stray branch here or there. Light pruning can be be performed at any time of year other than during Spring when the sap is rising. If your Japanese maple has grown beyond the boundaries of the area it was intended to fill, major pruning may be necessary. Major pruning should only be performed during the dormant season (Winter), after the leaves have fallen and prior to leaf production in the Spring.
For detailed and illustrated pruning instruction for a Japanese Maple SEE: Pruning a Japanese Maple
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