My husband and I are trying to decide on a tree for our backyard. We want something different, (no Bradford Pears, please!!!!) and I would really love a Japanese Maple. We live in hot, humid, sunny Columbia, South Carolina. The spot for the tree is on the very edge of a bed, it would receive sun from about noon until 7:00 every day with very minimal shading from some tall pines (sun would really beat on it from about 3-5). Is there any hope for a Japanese Maple?? And if so, what is the tallest, biggest one that would survive the heat and sun? Would an osakazuki make it? Any other suggestions? Thank you for any input you are willing to share.