Green Weeping lace leaf maples

ricksample(6)March 11, 2013

What would you consider some of the best in terms of looks and able to handle full sun in zone 5/6 Northeast Ohio? I was leaning towards Acer palmatum 'Viridis' or 'Waterfall'.

I found out the hard way a couple years ago that a lot of the generic Japanese maples fry in full sun. I know these maples like to grow under taller trees, but I'm wondering if some of the green ones are able to handle full sun. I have some that seem to do fine in full sun, they do fry a little come the middle of August, but otherwise ok. I need a replacement for Acer palmatum 'Autumn Moon'. Over the past 2 years it has fried to a krisp... but still puts out nice growth and looks good until July. I don't have any shade so I can't really transplant it anywhere.

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There are a number of cultivars of Japaqnese maples that are recognized to do well in full sun providing they don't experience extreme heat or drought at the same time. True 'generic' Japanese maples - the straight species Acer palmatum - is one such selection. Green leaves but not weeping and not heavily dissected or laceleaf. 'Waterfall' is on the list. I would include 'Viridis' as well - it is not a recognized name but is applied generally to any not otherwise named green laceleaf.

'Autumn Moon' is not a true Japanese maple (Acer shirasawanum) and its very light, nearly yellow foliage does not tolerate full sun well.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sun tolerant Japanese maples

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 2:40PM
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Autumn Moon needs shade. I am in zone 6 and my autumn moon maple is in 80% shade.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 9:44AM
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How about Acer japonicum 'Green cascade' - One of my favorites with AWESOME fall color.


Here is a link that might be useful: Green leaf Japanese maple

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 11:11PM
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