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Japanese Maples for Louisiana zone 8b?

Posted by mzstre z8bLA (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 10, 06 at 23:27

Please help! Which maples will perform well in my hot, humid zone? Are there any that will take afternoon sun here? Any responses will be much appreciated! I have been longingly looking at them online, but I don't want to buy one and watch it wither in the heat.


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RE: Japanese Maples for Louisiana zone 8b?

hey brandy!

i, too live in LA, right outside of N.O. last winter i bought two JMs, a crimson queen and an orange dream. both are doing pretty well. the orange dream is suffering a little from too much sun. (we lost some shade in katrina) but the crimson queen is doing very well, in my opinion. if you have a shady spot in your garden i'd plant them there. also, some relatives of mine have bloodgoods that look great. (they live here also) hope that helps.


RE: Japanese Maples for Louisiana zone 8b?

The shantung maple, acer truncatum, might be a good pick. Its much tougher than any acer palmatum cultivar in southern heat. If you really want a palmatum Ive been told orangeola is good for dissectums, probably better than crimson queen. fireglow is a good small upright. Maybe bloodgood. The plain green species tree is reccomended often here (south central texas) and I think its tougher than most cultiated varities.

If you're not attached to acer, think about a chinese pistach. Very tough, good red fall color. Bigger and faster than just about any acer palmatum. but lacks that sophistication.

Grandidentatum (bigtooth maple) is a texas native so can take the heat, but towers above any palmatum (up to 50 ft).

I have a bigtooth and a pistach and my climate is hotter and drier than yours. The shantung is a "Texas Superstar" which means some aggie thinks its really great for our climate. But then again,,,,,I hate aggies.

RE: Japanese Maples for Louisiana zone 8b?


Do you have mature bigtooth maples that produces already seed ?

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