How to Plant a Bloodgood Japanese Maple

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A Bloodgood Japanese maple is a beautiful, ornamental tree for your home and yard. There are a number of reasons you may want to plant a Bloodgood Japanese maple. They are very fast growing, averaging 2 to 3 feet per year. In the fall, they boast gorgeous, bright red foliage. The Bloodgood is appropriate for small spaces. The root system is very non-competitve, so the Bloodgood can be planted near other trees and shrubs. Generally these trees grow to a height of about 15 to 20 feet tall, and their trunks are only about as big around as a drinking cup.

How to Plant a Bloodgood Japanese Maple
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Things You'll Need

  • Small shovel
  • Compost mixture
  • Mulch
Step 1

Select the spot you want to plant your new Bloodgood Japanese maple and dig a hole that is a little bit larger than the root system of the fledgling tree.

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Step 2

Add a compost mixture to the dirt you have removed from the hole, and shovel back in a little bit on the bottom of your hole. For example, use an azalea or rose planting compost.

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Step 3

Look for the "root collar." This is a line on the stem that was at ground level when the tree was initially grown. Line this up with ground level when placing the tree in the hole.

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Step 4

Spread and unball the root system so the roots will grow, spread and become stronger and not grow in a circle.

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Step 5

Fill in the hole with your mixture of dirt and compost, making sure that the "root collar" is at ground level. Pack down the fill firmly.

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Step 6

Mulch around the perimeter of the newly planted Bloodgood at a depth of two inches and water adequately, especially in the first days after planting.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If your soil is a heavy clay, dig a shallow hole and position the root collar of your Bloodgood maple a little bit above ground level. With clay, you could drown your new tree because there is little or no drainage. This will give the roots a little room to breathe. Mound the dirt up to the root collar above ground level.
  • Mulch will help keep your Bloodgood from drying out and also help protect against frost in the winter months. Water your Bloodgood about as much as you would water your lawn or your garden plants.
  • Do not plant a Bloodgood Japanese maple in direct sunlight. Partial shade is best. "Scorching" of the leaves can result from too much sun.

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