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Purple Ghost Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost'

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Purple Ghost Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost') at Kushner's Garden & Patio

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple foliage

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple foliage

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Purple Ghost Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost') at Kushner's Garden & Patio

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5


Aptly named, this new variety features beautiful burgundy leaves with contrasting darker veins during summer, amazingly turning shades of fiery red and crimson in fall; a good sized tree, ideal for shade in the home landscape; foliage is outstanding

Ornamental Features

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple is primarily valued in the landscape for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive burgundy foliage with deep purple veins and tinges of silver which emerges rose in spring. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of scarlet and crimson in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Mass Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Massing 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features