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Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 27, 2018 6:38 PM CST

I want to get a Japanese maple for my front yard but can't figure out which one to get. I would like one that is upright, no taller than 20 feet (I think 15 feet would be ideal), and many colors throughout the seasons if possible. I live in zone 6 and it will be in full sun. Any recommendations?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 27, 2018 8:08 PM CST

I love my Moon Maple. It sits on the west side of my house out towards the street so pretty much in full sun all day. I can take photos...
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Jun 27, 2018 8:23 PM CST
do japanese beetles eat these?
Name: Debra
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Jun 27, 2018 8:42 PM CST
Take a look at these JMs and see if any suit you. Smiling

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood')

Coral Bark 'Beni Kawa'
Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa')

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum Emperor I®)

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki')

Purple Ghost
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost')

Sherwood Flame
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sherwood Flame')
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Jun 27, 2018 9:50 PM CST
You might just go to a local nursery (not a big box store) and see what kinds they sell there for your area. That way you can actually see them and ask questions ect.
Name: Kyle
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Jun 27, 2018 11:42 PM CST
Bloodgood. Reliable and tough. Start there and add more later.
Name: Sue
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Jun 28, 2018 9:19 AM CST
quercusnut said:Bloodgood. Reliable and tough. Start there and add more later.

I've managed to keep 'Bloodgood' going through several winters here even in Zone 4. I do winter-wrap it and it did lose its single trunk, now multi-stemmed but still doing well out of its hardiness zone.

One problem I find around here is that nurseries and big box stores will sell Japanese maples that are listed for milder winter areas. So being carried by a local nursery or garden centre is not a guarantee of hardiness, unfortunately.

Name: Paul
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Jun 28, 2018 9:24 AM CST
I have planted and eventually lost a number of different Japanese Maples here. The only one to continue to thrive here is Bloodgood.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Jun 28, 2018 1:55 PM CST
The OP is in zone 6. So there is a good chance that the ones at the local nurseries there would do ok. Also it should stay on the tag or you could look it up. Many people buy these and pot them and bring them indoors, or shelter them ect. I don't have that kind of patience for anything....

I have never planted any here, but I see different varieties planted throughout town. There are many bloodgoods mostly because I think big box stores carry them and they are more affordable.
Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 30, 2018 8:47 AM CST
Thanks for all your answers! DaisyI, if you check back in, would you please send me a picture? I have checked several nurseries as well as the big box stores. Most only had one or two JMs on hand. Only one had a variety but they were quite busy so I will have to go back to ask my questions. I've been looking online... WOW! Lots of variations to choose from. I'm new to this so I may be making it more complicated than it needs to be.

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