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Japanese Maples in Florida

Posted by ishboz Gainesville, FL (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 3, 10 at 19:37

I used these forums and others that were centered on discussing JMs for a long time as I tried to figure out what maples would do well in North Central Florida. I thought I'd make a post about some successful JMs here that get a LOT of full sun. I've only planted these in spring/early summer but with the worst weather behind us I can definately say that the following are capable of taking sun from morning to 2pm without much trouble in full florida sun.

1. The best so far has been Seiryu. Absolutely ZERO burn in morning -3pm full sun.
2. I put in an acer palmatum E.P. that has also done fantastically in sun from morning until 4pm.
3. Glowing Embers is another one I can vouch for with sun exposure from 7am until 5-6pm in full sun.
4. Sango kaku can handle the full suun here also and I have it thriving in morning until 3pm sun.
5. The following do quite fine in morning-2pm or so:
Emperor One

I had a LOT of trouble finding information on JMs for Florida so I thought I'd post my findings to help other people out and hopefully get more feedback. Good luck with JMs in the heat! Some of these babies can truly take the sun quite well! I am going to be planting Acer shirasawanum Jordan and a.p. Summer Gold in full sun this fall and will post some followups as my florida maple dream lives on :)

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RE: Japanese Maples in Florida

How long have you been growing these at your location and have you grown any that did not do well?

RE: Japanese Maples in Florida

That's the ones that are often recommended for Dallas area.

I've heard of good things about Acer shirasawanum Jordan and a.p. Summer Gold growing in full sun in hot weather.

RE: Japanese Maples in Florida

I only planted them in the spring but they made it through a very brutal dry summer. I do not have an irrigation system and hand water but I underwatered at times for sure. I bought all these as containered plants and put them in the ground in May or so. While it hasn't been very long I think the positive reaction by some of them to the intense heat here and humidity bodes very well for these particular cultivars in the future here. The plants were 2-3 yos when purchased.

The maple that has been the poorest performer is Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'. None of my maples died though so far. Knock on wood. I know I still have a long way to go with these but I posted my findings just to try and add to the amount of info and experiences in the hotter climates. All of the following have done well for me with the heat and humidity but not all are in full sun:
Hefner's Red Select
Skeeter's Broom
Beni Otake
Oregon Sunset
Purple Ghost (moved once needed more shade)
Crimson Queen
Red Dragon (needs more shade than it gets all day sun and will be moved this fall)

Again I haven't had these in long enough to claim 100% success by any means but the spring through summer performance by these young plants has been quite remarkable. They were purchase from a private grower in Florida who has been narrowing down which cultivars work well here. So I am building my garden off of other experienced people's finding as well as my own experiments.

I do hope the Jordan and Summer Gold are all they are cracked up to be. I plan to give them a lot of sun :)

RE: Japanese Maples in Florida

Let us know how many are still standing in a couple of years. That's when you'll know if something is truly tolerant of conditions. Long after the supplemental irrigation stops and the roots are growing in native soil.

RE: Japanese Maples in Florida

I have total sun and my climate is evidently very similar to north FLA/southern GA. According to Parks & Planning, anway.

I was wondering how your Jordan did? I'm considering adding this to my collection. However, sun being the issue, I thought I'd check.


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