Japanese Maples prefer consistently moist soil, so it’s a good idea to place mulch around the base of the tree in order to prevent evaporation and keep the roots cool on hot days. Pruning isn’t required to keep the plant healthy.
‘Bloodgood’ is typically an ornamental tree left to grow wild. If you intend to shape the tree for specific aesthetic purposes, like a bonsai, this is best done in late fall to mid-winter.
The most challenging part of owning a ‘Bloodgood’ is the struggle of keeping them through the winters. Acer palmatum is naturally found in warmer climates where winter isn’t as harsh as in the Midwest, so they tend to have trouble surviving. To best keep ‘Bloodgood’ Maples during the winter, it’s important to plant them somewhere that shelters them from harsh winter winds like up against a side of the house.
In the Milwaukee area, we recommend planting your Bloodgood on the Southeast side of your house to shelter it from the Northern winds. Additionally, due to Lake Michigan’s effect on our local climate, ‘Bloodgood’ Maples do best closer to the lake where it’s warmer in the winter.
Since ‘Bloodgood’ and other Japanese Maples are marginally hardy in our area, we don’t warranty them here at Johnson’s.