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 full sun and fire-engine red in the fall.

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Acer palmatum Frosted Purple is a light purple cultivar with a frosted layer of white over the purple.  The leaves are reticulated showing light green veins. The spring leaves are purple-red without the frosted look. During late spring they transition to the frosted lavender color which holds through summer if planted in the right location. The right location provides 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 requires sunlight to bring out the 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 them in a semi-shady location with only a little morning sun or dappled sun to prevent the leaves from burning. Other light colored leaf cultivars that require the same consideration are Shigitatsu sawa, Coral Pink, Peaches & Cream, 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 afternoon shade. 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.

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