Help choosing zone 5a red dwarf Japanese Maple

liszey2(5a)May 26, 2013

Hey there everyone. My fiance and I love japanese maples and are trying to find a dwarf red one that will do well here in Madison, WI.

We took a young volunteer one that just happened to be growing in a random place in our yard (not sure what cultivar) and kept it in a container last year; it did well all through the growing season but did not leaf out this spring (kept the pot sheltered and wrapped during the winter).

Ideally we'd love to do one in a pot again (definitely are thinking dwarf), but we may be able to find a location in our mostly shady yard if you all think we are too cold here to overwinter them in pots.

Thanks for your help!

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gardengal48

Japanese maples grown in a container in your zone must be overwintered in a protected location. That means a garage, unheated basement, greenhouse, etc. Just wrapping the pot is insufficient protection - temperatures that drop below around 26F can fatally damage the root system.

Otherwise, a lot of Japanese maples should do well in your zone in the ground - zone 5 is generally considered the lower cut-off for these trees but location and/or microclimate can extend that. Look at whatever JM's are available in your area - otherwise, check out some good JM's for colder climates, like in the attached link.

Here is a link that might be useful: JM's for a cold climate

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 4:22PM
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liszey2(5a)

Thank you so much! If we do put a new maple in a pot, we will make sure it gets moved into the garage this time.

And the link is great! Now that we have some names, the search begins...

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 12:07PM
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mmajicmann(5b)

scroll though this!

Here is a link that might be useful: japanese maples

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 1:13PM
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liszey2(5a)

Thanks to you both - I think we are going to get an Ogon Sarasa and put it in the ground, not in a pot. Any advice on where to purchase one in the area? We haven't had any luck so far finding one...ordering online is fine too, if anyone has a nursery recommendation.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 7:58PM
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