The Q&A Archives: Red Leaf Japanese Maple

Question: Can I safely grow a Red Leaf Japanese Maple in Central Texas (Rated for zones 5-8)?

Answer: Japanese maples will grow in your area, but need some shade to do well. Morning sun and afternoon shade is best. For best results choose a type with larger leaves with broad points, rather than one with extremely finely cut, or threadlike leaves. Give it a soil enriched with plenty of compost and good drainage. Keep it on the moist side especially during the establishment year.

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