Acer palmatum Frosted Purple’s color depends upon where you grow it. The spring leaves are purple-red without the frosted look when grown in sun. 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. If you desire to plant this maple in direct sunlight you may have some bleaching of the dark purple color on older leaves. However, new growth will always be dark purple. The leaves have strong visible veins – reticulation, which adds to the overall pleasant look of the maple. In the fall each year the color explodes into a fantastic scarlet-red finish. Considered a semi-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 is very important.
Acer palmatum Frosted Purple needs sunlight to bring out the dark purple color. But care is needed to make sure it is not placed in direct hot sun in you live where temperatures exceed 100 degrees. 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. Other cultivars that require morning sun with afternoon shade 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. 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 morning sun. The second photo shows the dark purple-red of spring leaves. The last photo showing fall color was taken here at the nursery. First two photos are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.Discovered and introduced by the Flora Wonder ™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery.