Emperor I Japanese
the best red-purple leaf types selected in a number of years and although
similar to the well known cultivar 'Bloodgood' it has a number of areas of
improvement. It is a fast grower and will usually outpace 'Bloodgood' simply
because of a tendency to grow late into the season. Despite this trait it is
quite hardy and is known to leaf out later, making it a better selection for
northern climates. Inexplicably it is also much more heat tolerant and by many
reports even holds its rich color in hot climates where 'Bloodgood' melts. The
habit is slightly more upright and more open forming a well structured wide
spreading tree with low branches.
Very rich dark purple foliage with a
glossy surface. New growth is a rich red and is reliably showy in the spring and
well into mid to late summer. The leaf size is slightly larger and the lobes are
cut further towards the center that 'Bloodgood'.
Bright red-pink samaras add late summer
15 to 20 feet / 15 to 18