The Q&A Archives: Ornamental Japanese Maple

Question: My husband just bought me an Ornamental Japanese Maple. Any tips on how/where to plant for great success? Does it have to be planted in part sun or would it do ok in full sun?

Answer: Japanese maples grow best in morning sun and filtered afternoon shade. Full afternoon sun will cause the leaves to lose color and the margins to turn crispy brown. Find a site where an azalea or rhododendron would be happy and your Japanese maple will thrive there as well. They like acidic, moist soils. Enjoy your new maple tree!

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