Answer: Japanese maple really suffers from the long, hot, humid summers of the south. For best results choose a type with wider, less deeply cut leaves (more like a miniature maple or sycamore leaf) rather than one with narrow, deeply cut leaves (narrow, thread-like "fingers" on the leaf).
Plant it in the shade (a little morning sun only) in a soil with lots of organic matter added. Keep it moist but not soggy.
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