I struggle sometimes with guessing just how much sun a Japanese maple should have (realizing that some types need or can tolerate more than others ...). When I see a grower from Oregon advising "full sun" for a cultivar, should I translate that to "give it a bit of shade at least in the afternoon" for one planted in North Carolina? Should most all trees get protection from full sun for their first few years? Or can I safely give a tree more sun if it also gets more water? I'm guessing I've been erring more on the side of too much shade than too much sun, but I'd really appreciate any guidance, particularly from others in the steamy Southeast.