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Help choosing zone 5a red dwarf Japanese Maple

Posted by liszey2 5a (My Page) on
Sun, May 26, 13 at 11:41

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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RE: Help choosing zone 5a red dwarf Japanese Maple

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


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RE: Help choosing zone 5a red dwarf Japanese Maple

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...


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RE: Help choosing zone 5a red dwarf Japanese Maple

scroll though this!

Here is a link that might be useful: japanese maples


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RE: Help choosing zone 5a red dwarf Japanese Maple

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.


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