Zone 8 Japanese Maples: Hot Weather Japanese Maple Varieties

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Zone 8 Japanese Maples: Hot Weather Japanese Maple Varieties

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Japanese maple is a cold-loving tree that generally doesn’t perform well in dry, warm climates, so hot weather Japanese maples are uncommon. This means that many are suitable only for USDA plant hardiness zones 7 or below. Take heart, however, if you’re a zone 8 gardener. There are a quite a few beautiful Japanese maple trees for zone 8 and even 9. Many have deep green leaves, which tend to be more heat tolerant. Read on to learn about a few of the best heat-tolerant Japanese maple varieties. Japanese Maple Varieties for Warmer Climates If your heart is set on growing Japanese maples in zone 8, then the following varieties deserve a second glance: Purple Ghost (Acer palmatum ‘Purple Ghost’) produces ruffly, reddish-purple leaves that turn green and purple as summer progresses, then back to ruby red in autumn. Zones 5-9

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