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Upper South

Selecting plants suited to the Upper South climate is a key step to success.

Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).

The Upper South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6 and in AHS Heat Zones 2 through 8. It typically enjoys four distinct seasons. Rain and snowfall tends to be evenly distributed throughout the seasons.

If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its reliability and distinctive foliage color, Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum' is a slow-growing deciduous shrub with an elegant, broad, arching habit and nicely contorted branches.

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Acer palmatum 'Eddisbury' (Coral Bark Maple)

Noted for its showy scarlet bark and fall color, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Eddisbury' (Coral-Bark Maple) is a large deciduous shrub or small tree of great interest.

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Acer palmatum 'Elegans' (Japanese Maple)

A truly elegant Japanese Maple, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Elegans' is a compact, nicely branched, deciduous tree with deeply divided and serrated long leaves, which emerge soft green with salmon pink tones in spring.

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Acer palmatum 'Emerald Lace' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Emerald Lace' is a fast-growing, deciduous small tree with a deep emerald green, lacy foliage of great beauty. The small, deeply cut, dissected leaves emerge lime-green in spring, mature to deep emerald green as the season progresses, before turning spectacular bright burgundy-red in the fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Emperor I' (Japanese Maple)

An outstanding cultivar of Japanese Maples, Acer palmatum 'Emperor I' is a small, upright, wide-crowned tree of great beauty in all seasons. The delicate foliage of large, 5-7 pointed, lobed leaves emerges deep purple-red in spring, holds its color throughout summer and turns vibrant crimson-red in fall before shedding to the ground. As the leaves fall, they expose the blackish red bark, adding interest in the winter landscape.

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Acer palmatum 'Garnet' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its outstanding color and vigor, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Garnet' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with large, deeply cut, dissected leaves of great beauty.

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Acer palmatum 'Geisha Gone Wild' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Geisha Gone Wild' is a small, upright, deciduous tree with a pretty variegated foliage of 5-7 lobed green leaves, irregularly margined with pink and cream along the edges of the greenish pale purple leaves. Sometimes gracefully twisted, the pale portion of the leaves turns purple-orange in the fall, before shedding to the ground. Slow growing, this graceful Japanese Maple is ideal for containers or small gardens.

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Acer palmatum 'Ichigyoji' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Ichigyoji' is an open deciduous tree with a pretty foliage of lobed palm-shaped leaves which emerge gold in spring and turn vibrant orange in the fall before shedding to the ground. As they fall, they expose the rough gray bark and red branches, adding a much needed splash of color in the winter landscape.

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Acer palmatum 'Katsura' (Japanese Maple)

Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Katsura' is a lovely deciduous shrub with a striking foliage, season after season. Emerging golden-orange with pink edges in early spring, the delicate foliage of small 5 to 7 lobed leaves matures to bright green in summer before turning brilliant shades of orange and yellow in fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Kinran' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Kinran' is a small deciduous tree with a pretty foliage of lacy, deeply divided, long, pointed leaves which emerge rich, bronzy-red in spring with prominent bright yellow-green mid-veins. The graceful foliage turns green with a pink cast in summer and warms up to bright gold with crimson highlights in the fall

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Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' is a deciduous shrub or small tree with pretty, trailing leaves comprised of 5-7 narrow, straplike lobes, which emerge with crimson tones before quickly turning bright green. Born on short red stalks, the elegant leaves warm up to vibrant orange-yellow in fall

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Acer palmatum 'Omure-Yama' (Japanese Maple)

Noted for its spectacular cascading branches and striking fall color, Acer palmatum 'Omure-Yama' is a particularly interesting Japanese Maple. First, it changes from an upright habit when young to a semi-pendulous form at maturity, when its graceful, long new shoots start cascading down.

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Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' (Japanese Maple)

Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' is a medium sized deciduous shrub with a striking foliage, season after season. Emerging golden-yellow with pink edges in early spring, the delicate foliage of lobed leaves matures to chartreuse in summer before turning brilliant orange-yellow in fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Orangeola' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Regarded as one of the most spectacular cascading Laceleaf Japanese Maples, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Orangeola' is also one of the most admired for its remarkable leaf color.

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Acer palmatum 'Ornatum' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its reliability and distinctive foliage color, Acer palmatum 'Ornatum' is a slow-growing deciduous shrub with an elegant, rounded habit.

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Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' (Japanese Maple)

Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' is a large deciduous shrub or small rounded tree with large, 7-lobed, serrated, bright green leaves turning brilliant orange-scarlet to crimson-red in fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for keeping its rich purple-red foliage color better than any other Laceleaf Japanese Maples, Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon' is a compact, slow-growing deciduous shrub with elegant dissected leaves reminiscent of the claws of a dragon.

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Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku' (Coral Bark Maple)

Noted for its showy coral bark and fall color, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' (Coral-Bark Maple) is a large deciduous shrub or small tree that is highly desirable.

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Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its unusual upright habit within the Laceleaf Japanasese Maples, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with small, deeply cut, dissected leaves of great beauty.

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Acer palmatum 'Shaina' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Shaina' is a compact deciduous shrub or small tree with a pretty foliage of five pointed, narrow lobed, bright red leaves in spring, deepening to dark maroon-red in summer, and brightening again to brilliant crimson-red in fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Shin-Deshojo' (Japanese Maple)

Regarded as the best red spring foliage color of any of the Japanese maples, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Shin-deshojo' is a compact deciduous shrub or small tree, primarily grown for its striking spring foliage color. Emerging bright and showy crimson-red in spring, the small, pointed, lobed, serrated leaves gradually fade to green speckled with white in summer.

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Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' is a miniature deciduous shrub with a pretty foliage of small, sharply lobed leaves which emerge bright red in spring, and mature to rich purple-red throughout the summer. In the fall, the attractive foliage turns bright scarlet, before shedding to the ground.

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Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' (Japanese Maple)

Adding drama to the garden wherever grown, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' is a deciduous shrub or small tree of outstanding interest.

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Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' (Japanese Maple)

A fascinating Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' or 'Floating Clouds' is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a most outstanding variegated foliage.

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