Favorite heat tolerant maples (full sun)

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  1. Connor Sullivan

    Connor Sullivan New Member

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    I was hoping to get some suggestions for favorite heat tolerant full sun maples in zone 8-9!?

    I was looking into Beni Shien (Purple Smoke) or does anyone know if Geisha Gone Wild loves full sun?! I’m looking for something a little more unique and colorful than Fireglow but I may settle with that.

    Thank you!
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Connor Sullivan good morning Connor, Geisha gone wild is an excellent choice for full sun if it is a varigated pink you are after. If you want some yellows then can I suggest Summer Gold. I have both and they are very colourful all Summer with no damage.
    I understand what you are saying about Fireglow, but this is wonderful cultivar that really stands out in any landscaped garden from Spring to Autumn. You cannot go far wrong with this one IMO.
     
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    @Acerholic Thank you as always for the quick and thoughtful responses!

    I really do like Fireglow but I already have a Bloodgood in my front yard that is doing really well in the full sun. If you remember, I had a Mikazuki that I was wanting plant in this corner but everyone seems to think it might not be able to take the heat, if Geisha Gone Wild can be a better hot sun pick, I think that’s what I want!

    I really am impressed by bright hot pink maples!
     
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    I have a Shiraz, it’s about 7 foot now, and growing strong which is very very similar, its in almost full sun, put it this way it gets full sun at the hottest part of the day, 2pm- 6pm.. but it also gets a fair amount of wind protection.. I do get a little leaf scorch but not too bad.. I think full sun locations must have very good wind protection for any fairly sun tolerant Palmatum. I had mine in a shadier spot last year and I didn’t get the very dark purple variegation, it was dark green and pink instead..

    I have been impressed by beni schichihenge’s ability to take nearly full sun..although this year I didn’t get the super intense pink for reasons beyond me.. BS in pic 1, Shiraz in pic 2
     

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    Very good info, thank you!

    Is anybody familiar with a variety called Rainbow? Very similar coloration to Giesha Gone Wild and supposedly as heat tolerant according to Conifer Kingdom.@Acerholic

    Acer palmatum 'Rainbow' _ Japanese Maple _

    They have them for sale from Conifer Kingdom and that’s in Silverton OR, I might make the drive out there to cherry pick a good one for myself.

    Thanks!
     
  6. Acerholic

    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Connor Sullivan good morning Connor, Rainbow is a lot more intense darker pink than Shirraz or Beni shichihenge, so I wonder if it is enough of a delicate pink for your position that you are after.
    But as a stand out maple then Rainbow does the job very well.
    Have a kook at Amazing Maples specimen on this link.
    Acer palmatum 'Rainbow'
    Now if Charlie recommends it, then that is good enough for me.
     
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    Is the mature height of the Summer Gold 7-8 ft? I'm looking for something a bit taller for the front yard.

    Excellent thread by the way. I'm sure a lot of people would love to know all the heat tolerant maples!
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @vbx good morning A, Summer gold will reach 13ft in around 8 years. It is fully sun tolerant that I can attest to in my garden, but your heat maybe a bit more than mine. I had 34°C this Summer and it did not mind it one bit. And I agree it's an excellent thread started by Connor @Connor Sullivan.
    Would I recommend Summer gold, the answer is a big YES.
    Hope that's of some help.
     
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    So “Maple Collector” from YouTube said his folks Emperor 1 is his pick for most durable FULL HOT SUN maple. It’s planted in Sacramento Valley and has done perfectly in 105+ sun. He said the Moonfire has preformed well too but gets a little burnt.

    Everyone seems to agree Shirazz/GGW and Beni Shi En perform really well in hot sun too. I’ve heard mixed things on Osakazuki but most seem to think it’s a good full sun maple.

    I just wanted to share this info.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @Connor Sullivan, I agree totally Connor, Emperor 1 is a tried and tested cultivar in full sun. Thanks for sharing what you found.
     

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