Maple in coastal Southern California?
I recently moved in to a new home and have been re-landscaping my neglected front and back yards. I set aside a spotlighted place next to the house entrance for a Japanese Maple, as I had seen beautiful specimens at my local nurseries.
HOWEVER! Now the landscaper I hired to do my back slope let me know that it would be futile to try to grow a Maple here due to soil conditions. :-( Bummed. He suggested a dwarf ornamental plum but the nursery only had one scrawny one left and said they wouldn't be available again until January.
I'm minutes from the ocean with cool breezes and good humidity - the front yard is facing south but the spot I selected is shaded until later in the afternoon by the beams of the house. I have a shadier area available as well, although it's not the "spotlight" spot I prefer.
Are any of you Maple growers in my area? Any thoughts?