Bloodgood Japanese Maple - espalier Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Bloodgood Japanese Maple - espalier

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

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If you’re like most people, you’ve probably seen and admired the popular Bloodgood Japanese Maple, but have you ever seen a Bloodgood Tree like this one? Our growers have taken this elegant red-leaved beauty and carefully trained it to grow flat—as the French say, in an “espalier” form. Oh là là! Plant it in front of a wall or fence to show off its picturesque branching structure and crimson foliage, or use it as a free-standing specimen to serve as a pretty summer screen between two outdoor “rooms” of your garden. This unique legacy tree will be a beautiful and long-lived addition to your landscape, growing more impressive with each passing year and adding value to your home.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Though they are cherished all over the world, Japanese Maples were once found only in Japan, China, and Korea. Gardeners there had become enchanted with these trees’ graceful branching habits and fiery fall color long before Westerners had ever had the pleasure of adding them to their own gardens. Exactly when the Bloodgood Japanese Maple first arrived in America no one can say for sure, but Bloodgood Nursery in Queens, New York was the first to attach its name to the tree (in the 1800s), and the name has stuck.

The Details

Bloodgood Japanese Maple is breathtaking in spring, when its leaves emerge a brilliant shimmering ruby-red color. In fall, the leaves become flaming red once more. In between, Bloodgood Japanese Maple retains handsome deep purple-red tones (some other Japanese Maples fade to green in summer). This quality has made it the benchmark in red-leaved Japanese Maples.

How to Grow

Give your Bloodgood Espaliered Maple Tree a home in good, well-drained soil where it will receive lots of sunlight but no scorching sun during the hottest part of the day. Drainage is important in warding off verticillium wilt, a fungal disease that occasionally attacks Maple Trees—especially those growing in wet soil or in other less-than-ideal conditions that cause stress. Pruning an espaliered Japanese Maple is a little different than pruning a regular one, but it’s not difficult. Just cut back any branches that are veering away from the nice flat plane that you want to maintain. The more you trim it, the fuller it will get, and since you’re not growing it for the flowers, the timing of the prunings doesn’t matter much. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us at for more helpful tips on pruning this special tree!

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 6'
Avg Mature Width 8'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium-Slow
Leaf Color Burgundy
Fall Leaf Color Red/Pink
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

Grown and trained on an attractive 6' square trellis in a #15 tree container. Grown flat for against the wall planting or a natural screen.

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Bloodgood Japanese Maple - espalier Tree