Acer palmatum in zone 9.. too far south?
Hello all, I'm brand new and excited to find these forums.
I've just recently gotten interested in the idea of growing trees.. both in my yard and as bonsai. From viewing as many trees and bonsai as I can I've totally fallen for Japanese Maples.
I've been absorbing everything I can lately on the internet and books ranging from basic tree physiology to bonsai specifics.
I picked up an Acer palmatum Atropurpureum at my local nursery recently and have been staring at it for several days now while I learn everything I can about pruning and general care for it.
One concern I have is that I am frequently seeing Acer palmatum's hardiness range only extending to 8. I live in central Florida, just east of Tampa in zone 9. I have also seen 86 degrees (F) as a sort of recommended ceiling.
Should I be concerned about being too far south for growing Japanese Maples either in my yard or as bonsai (and perhaps other maples)? Or will I just need to give extra care to possible heat related problems?