The var. atropurpureum Japanese Maple is one of the most popular cultivar of the Japanese maple. Known for its beautiful purple foliage, this maple is a wonderful addition when considering landscaping. Excellent in spring and fall for red coloration, seedlings produced from seeds of the type are extremely variable in leaf coloration. The better red-leaved seedlings generally command a superior price. Many var. atropurpureum maples only persist with purplish red spring color into June before turning green. We advise selecting a good cultivar if your aim is consistent color and growing habit.