Acer palmatum Frosted Purple’s color depends upon where you grow it. If it gets only a little sun then it is light purple as shown in the photo. The spring leaves are purple-red without the frosted look. This darker purple-red color holds through the summer if the location has sunlight until early afternoon and shade during the hottest part of the day. In the fall each year the color explodes into a fantastic scarlet-red finish. Considered a dwarf with an estimated height of 7-8′ in 10 years. This maple is a very nice selection for a water feature or a patio container. Good drainage with the right amount of sun and shade is very important.
Acer palmatum Frosted Purple looks like the photo when grown primarily in shade. Sunlight to bring out the dark purple color. But care is needed to make sure it is not placed in direct hot sun. In areas of the country where summer time temps are consistently over 100 degrees – care should be taken to plant in a semi-shady location with only a morning sun or dappled sun to prevent the leaves from burning. Some light colored leaf cultivars that require limited morning sun are Shigitatsu sawa, Coral Pink, First Ghost, Sister Ghost, Ghost Dancer, Tiger Rose and Miwa. Of course this is not the entire list as there are too many to identify in this section. Customers who live in these zones are most likely aware of this restriction. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.Once established this maple is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA zone 5.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. No question is dumb – you will not be criticized for lack of knowledge, rather you will get a variety of opinions from all over the country and beyond. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.
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The first photo shows late spring color with limited morning sun. The second photo shows the dark purple-red of spring leaves. Photos are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.Discovered and introduced by the Flora Wonder ™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery.