Regions / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.