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Oshio Beni for Zone 10?

Posted by lecinsd 10 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 10, 09 at 0:08

Several of our local nurseries in San Diego are selling Japanese Maples and we'd love to be able to plant one. After searching through scores of information online, it doesn't appear that anyone recommends these for zone 10. The Oshio Beni plant tag is listed as "full to partial sun, no more than 120 days > 85 degrees". The grower is Monrovia.

So if we plant this tree in a location eastward facing location where in gets morning sun till 1 PM then is shaded by the house for the remainder of the afternoon, what are the chances it will be happy?

Thanks in advance for the insight.

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RE: Oshio Beni for Zone 10?

I grow and graft Oshio Beni here in Zone 9 without any problems. It does not like anything close to full sun even here, so you will want to provide a good amount of shade. I wouldn't worry to much about the temps, just the sun and wind.

RE: Oshio Beni for Zone 10?

Well, first, isn't Monrovia Nurseries located in SoCal or somewhere down there? Can you contact them somehow for their recommendation? They are well-established growers with a good reputation. I can't imagine they would be adverse to giving a little advice.
Second, any Japanese maples growing anywhere near where you live? Like in a neighbor's yard? A park? A school? An office complex?
Maples are pretty tuff trees and pretty adaptable too. And even the generic green-leaved Japanese maple is a nice tree. The specialized cultivars all have their extra appeal (leaf shape, variegation, size, etc.), but the rootstock is usually your generic Japanese maple.

RE: Oshio Beni for Zone 10?

I have grown a Bloodgood in Inland LA area, Diamond Bar, and I think that is much hotter than San Diego. It seems to do just fine. But I make sure they only get morning sun and plenty water in hot temperature.

RE: Oshio Beni for Zone 10?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 6, 09 at 19:38

I have Oshio Bene in 9B, maybe 2 miles from zone 10. It has done well. The first couple of years it looked pretty sad, but then it took off. 2 foot at purchase in 2003, it's about 12' this year. Last year:

Acer palmatum 'Oshio Bene'

Of course the leaves don't color up in fall--they turn brown and fall off. Mine is on the north east corner of the house and gets sun until 3 or so. If you keep the root system well mulched it will help.

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