Can JM take sun in Bay Area California?

zadalMarch 13, 2008

I have only 'afternoon-sun' spot left on my yard and I wanted to plant a Green Japanese Maple ( with green bark )

I am in Sunnyvale (it is close to the Bay, so not as intense heat as inland ) California. With adequate watering, will the tree survive the summer here?


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm in Los Altos. I have one "basic" japanese maple (not a specific cultivar / green leaves, green bark) planted by the deck. I would say it gets sun from morning til late afternoon when the sun drops behind our house. It is 10 feet tall, maybe 6 feet around. The leaves will burn and crinkle in an extended heat wave, such as the one we had a few years back. I think it was a week or 10 days of 100 degree temps, but that kind of heat is fairly unusual for this area. Thank goodness.
I also have a red dissectum "garnet" planted in some pretty good sun. Again, in a normal summer, it does fine.
I have a new area where I am planting some of my maples. It is more shady, protected by an oak tree canopy.
Bottom line: what do you have to lose? I would go for it. If the tree becomes established and grows well, it will likely survive any heat waves. And look around your neighborhood. You will see some large japanese maples planted in full sun in this area. They seem to do well.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 12:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

They grow all over coastal Orange County, which should present a similar climatic condition. FWIW, Mountain Maples is an excellent California grower and source for JM's and they are located in Mendocino County. They also have an extremely informative websit that lists suitable cultivars of Japanese maples for a variety of specialized conditions, including the heat and dryness of the west. Worth checking out to see which cultivars they recommend for your situation. Or you could contact them directly.

Here is a link that might be useful: MM - Japanese maples for specialized conditions

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 9:29PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Over-wintering small Maples on a window sill
Het, Just wondering. Can you over-winter small maple...
Timothy Wood
Is this japanese maple dying?
I've have this young beni schichihenge for its first...
Acer palmatum 'Barbara'
Acer palmatum 'Barbara' is listed as a cultivar on...
Japanese cultivars requiring the least sun (Zone 5)
Japanese Maple Cultivars Requiring The Least Amount...
Eric's Weeping Japanese Maple
I was at Home Depot yesterday and got this Eric's Japanese...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™