Acer palmatum Frosted Purple

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Acer palmatum Frosted Purple


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Acer palmatum Frosted Purple is a fast growing maple with dark purple color when grown in mostly sun and fire-engine red in the fall.

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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 mostly 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 if you live where temperatures exceed 100 degrees. In areas of the country where summer’s are very hot – afternoon shade is preferred.

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. I also recommend you join the Maple Society North American Branch both are free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the groups have a wealth of experience and post many photos.

Limited Availability – One gallons will be available April 2023.

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.

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1 Gallon, 2 Gallon, 3 Gallon


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