Acer palmatum Purple Ghost

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Acer palmatum Purple Ghost


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Acer palmatum Purple Ghost is a beautiful maple tree that grows in full sun and can provide shade for hostas and ferns.

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Acer palmatum Purple Ghost is dark purple in the spring and ends up purple-red in the fall. A relatively fast growing maple perfect for full sun. It’s another in the Ghost series developed by Buchholz Nursery. Other Ghost maples that I carry include Sister Ghost, First Ghost and Amber Ghost. I also a few Uncle Ghost that are not listed on my website. Please call me if you are interested in these.

The new growth ranges in color from lavender to dark purple depending upon the sun or shade location. With more sun the leaf color is dark purple.  Secondary growth in late summer is once again a strong purple color. The reticulated leaves often appear ruffled. The term reticulated relates to the visibility of the veins in the leaves.  In the fall the leaves turn to a brilliant purple red.

Acer palmatum Purple Ghost is a relatively fast growing maple with a growth habit more like a tree than a bush. Estimated height in 10 years is 12′ and with a 8′ wide canopy. For this reason pruning lower branches to give it a more tree-like appearance is recommended. For more information please check out Pruning Japanese Maples. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees – USDA Zone 5. 

If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do and are a Facebook user – you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers. It is free to join and the contributors have a wealth of experience with lots of photos and are available for questions. I frequently participate in discussions.

The first photo shows the dark purple leaves in spring. The second photo shows Purple Ghost during the summer behind and above myself and Talon Buchholz who created the Ghost Series. The third photo shows fall color. All photos courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.

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