The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maple-coral bark

Question: Are these trees very sensitive. How will they do in the San Fernando Valley?

Answer: Japanese coral bark maples are usually grown as understory trees - trees that receive only filtered afternoon sunlight. If you have a place in your yard where it will get a couple of hours of morning sunshine and then shade or filtered sunlight the rest of the day, it should be fine. Hot summer sunshine will turn the leaves crispy brown in no time at all so if all you have is full sunshine, choose a different tree, such as a crape myrtle for the planting spot. Good luck with your landscape!

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