Thursday, September 9, 2010

Elegant, slow-growing, and 20% off: Red Japanese maple: Acer palmatum atropurpureum

Ignore the red mulch in this picture - instead admire the delicate form of the Red Japanese maple: Acer palmatum atropurpureum.

"This elegant, slow-growing Japanese maple has deeply lobed and serrated reddish purple leaves on twisted, cascading branches. Although the foliage color may fade to purplish green in the heat of summer, in fall it returns to a magnificent red. In a flower garden, as a specimen, or amidst a stand of other Japanese maple cultivars, this relatively easy-care tree can be an important part of a garden's architecture." Says home and garden guru Martha Stewart.

Mature size: 20' tall by 20' wide
Light: Full sun to part shade
Cold hardy: Zone 5
Leaf color: Deep purple/burgundy in the spring and fall, color subdued in summer.

The ones we have in stock stand about 5' now, which is a decently sized tree - big enough to look like something, small enough to handle and plant yourself. These are a steal for $45 plus 20% off!

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