Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese Maple Tree

Anonymous added on April 26, 2018 | Answered

Hi Guys, I live in a rural part of south east Queensland, Australia 🇦🇺 And I want to plant some of these beautiful maple 🍁 trees. My question to you is can you please inform if there is a specific species name for the bright red Japanese maple ??. Is the bright red maple a specific sub species in its own ?? And if so, what is the common and scientific name for this Japanese maple 🍁 ??. Also..., can we subscribers in Australia, Enter the online competitions??. Cheers, Brett Stockwell.

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Answered on April 28, 2018

Australian hardiness zones 3, 4 and 5 are comparable to US hardiness zones 9, 10 and 11. Japanese maples struggle with extreme heat. In the US they are only hardy up to zone 9, which in Australia would be 3. Your climate may be too hot for Japanese Maples and they'll go dormant or maybe even die if too hot. You could try growing small japanese maples in containers that can be moved to a cooler indoor location in the hot season. Some smaller red japanese maples are:
Acer palmatum ' glowing embers', or 'moonfire'
Acer dissectum 'red dragon' or 'crimson queen'

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