Japanese Maple Advice - Crimson Queen
I need some advice on planting location for my new Crimson Queen Japanese Maple. I currently have no landscaping and had the itch to start it off with a nice Japanese maple. It caught my eye at the store. My planned planting location is at the very NE corner of my front porch. Represented by a green circle with an X in the diagram.
I am in Iowa and have read several stories about successfully growing the Japanese Maples, but they usually have some cautious phrase like "make sure it is protected".
What does that mean? Just wind protection? In the winter? Here the wind is from the NW in the winter and from the South in the summer. If I plant as shown in the picture it will be slightly exposed from direct westward wind between my house and my neighbors. Do I need to plant other things around the tree? I was planning on staking the tree into the ground. Do I need some tree trunk protection?
Any help is appreciated to help me get the most of this tree (it wasn't cheap!).