'Bloodgood' is one of the most popular large-leaved, upright maples in the United States and Europe. This beautiful upright tree has become the standard by which all newer red palmatum cultivars are judged. Bloodgood's foliage is a very deep- red and holds its color into late summer. 'Bloodgood' is a dependable sturdy tree that spreads with age. In extreme hot sun it can sunburn slightly. Some afternoon protection is beneficial. Fall colors are usually bright crimson. The prominent fruits are brilliant red and add to its beauty. This strong growing tree has very good qualities not always found in some of the other red-leaved cultivars. It has been suggested that 'Bloodgood' is a selection from 'Acer Palmatum f. Atropurpurpeum' seedlings from the Bloodgood Nursery in Long Island, New York. While other experts say this cultivar had its origin in Boskoop, Netherlands. Whatever its origins, it appears to have been cultivated in the United States since before World war II. Recommended by: United States National Arboretum. Awards: Mississippi Medallion Award Winner and the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.