Could a red maple and a sugar maple be grown in a warm climate?
Hi, I live in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the hardiness zone map officially states that my zone is 10a but I think itÃÂ´s really 9b.
We have cool but usually sunny winters (mornings can be cold: sometimes 0ÃÂ°C (32ÃÂ°F) but usually between 2-3ÃÂ°C (37ÃÂ°F) to 7-9ÃÂ°C (47ÃÂ°F); daytime highs vary a lot: between 14ÃÂ°C (57F) to 19-20ÃÂ°C (70F)), sometimes with very cool rainy days. We sometimes have frosts but they occur like 3-5 times a year. The lowest it can get is around -4 (28ÃÂ°F) but itÃÂ´s very rare.
Summers are very rainy (we have a lot of thunderstorms) and warm but not hot (May is very hot and dry though, with temperatures around 32ÃÂ°C (90ÃÂ°F), sometimes higher).
If you want to think of a similar climate, think of Los Angeles (they have their rainy season in winter, not summer like me though).
In my neighborhood, there are many sweet gums (but the majority are evergreen) and deciduous ash trees and I once saw a silver maple growing very well.
I think I could grow them but what do you think?