Their undeniable beauty leads many people to want to plant them as a focal point or specimen tree, often in full sun. Unfortunately, many Japanese maples are less tolerant of full sun, developing leaf burn in the summer heat. Even the sun tolerant varieties can develop leaf tip burn if the soil is too dry. The right maple in the right place shines in the hot summer sun. Matt and Tim about their top choices for Japanese maples that thrive in full sun.
Dappled or Afternoon Shade – A mature Japanese Maple thrives in full sun everywhere but the southernmost portions of its hardiness range, but is also happy with a bit more shade. It does need some sun for best foliage color, but the amount you give it can vary greatly. This is the basic Japanese maple grown from seed and is not grafted. Widely tested but these trees do take sun, with the right conditions they will take full sun.
For Japanese maples that can handle full sun look below. A purchase of a sun tolerant Zone 9Japanese maple is a true investment in your yard! These Zone 9. Red and purple-leaved cultivars need some sun to develop fully their dark hues. Variegated Japanese maples need partial shade to prevent the afternoon sun from scorching the foliage. Green-leaved forms tolerate full sun, but are best in dappled shade as very bright conditions can sometimes cause scorch