Bloodgood Japanese Maples are the most popular types of red Japanese maples in the United States because they are extremely easy to care for. This small tree will grow to about 20 feet in both height and spread. If you plant your tree in the right spot, it should retain a beautiful crimson color throughout the spring, summer and autumn. It will grow multiple barks that are also a pretty, silver color so that this tree looks nice in your yard even during the winter when it has no foliage. A hardy tree to grow in the United States, the Bloodgood Japanese Maple is easy to care for and requires little maintenance on your part.
The most important factor in your Bloodgood Japanese Maple's success is the spot where you choose to plant it. This tree requires partial shade. It must have direct sunlight for a portion of the day, preferably in the morning, and shade in the hot afternoon. If your Bloodgood Japanese Maple gets too hot, the leaves will turn green in the summer. If the tree doesn't get any direct sun, the leaves will not be as vividly crimson as they could possibly be. The Bloodgood Japanese Maple also cannot tolerate standing water.
Clear the area where you want to plant your tree of grass because this tree has a shallow root system. It could be damaged by a lawnmower. Once the tree is planted, you need to cover the ground with two or three inches of mulch. This mulch will preserve moisture in your soil and keep weeds from sprouting up around the tree. Train your young branches not to touch each other and prune branches with embedded bark immediately. This will protect your tree from splitting later. You do not need to prune your tree for size and you can fertilize it in the early spring with an all purpose fertilizer.