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Northern California

Selecting plants suited to the Northern California climate is a key step to success.

A plant's performance is governed by many climate related factors including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind or humidity. 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). A more sophisticated approach has been followed by Sunset which defines Climate Zone Maps based not only on hardiness or heat tolerance, but also on precipitations, wind, humidity and various other climate related factors.

Northern California lies in Climate Zones 1 through 9, and 14 through 17. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Acer palmatum 'Aka Kawa Hime' (Coral Bark Maple)

Similar but much smaller than the highly popular 'Sango kaku', Acer palmatum 'Aka Kawa Hime' is also a very desirable Japanese Maple. This deciduous shrub or small tree features a delicate foliage of 5 lobed leaves which emerge fresh yellow-green in spring, mature to mid green in summer and warm up to attractive shades of gold, yellow and red in fall before they shed to the ground.

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Acer palmatum 'Arakawa' (Japanese Maple)

Noted for its remarkable bark, Acer palmatum 'Arakawa' is a vigorous deciduous tree of upright habit, adorned with a delicate foliage of palmate leaves, each adorned with 5-7 slender tipped lobes. Emerging fresh green in spring, the foliage retains its color throughout the summer before gradually changing to brilliant golden-yellow in the fall. On mature specimens (3-5 year old), the bark gets rough and corky, with creases, cracks and fissures, providing year round ornamental interest. A very interesting Japanese maple that is perfect for bonsai use and for the landscape.

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Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' (Ribbon-Leaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its graceful foliage, Acer palmatum 'Atrolineare' (Ribbon-Leaf Japanese Maple) is a remarkable small tree of dense, upright habit. In spring, its delicate foliage of ribbon-like leaves emerges dark red, before bronzing out with green undertones as the season progresses. In the fall, the finely-textured foliage warms up to dazzling red and orange shades and stands out beautifully in the landscape. Compact, this elegant Japanese Maple is perfect as a specimen in the garden, containers or bonsai.

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Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' is a small deciduous tree of bushy habit with rich purple leaves in the spring, becoming deeper in summer. The delicate foliage holds its color throughout summer and turns brilliant scarlet in the fall. Each leaf is divided into 5-7 lobes, moderately deeply divided lobes. Vigorous, this upright maple tree stands out in the landscape and is suitable as a focal point or as the perfect foil for a mass of green in the landscape.

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Acer palmatum 'Beni-Kawa' (Coral Bark Maple)

Similar to the highly popular 'Sango kaku', Acer palmatum 'Beni-Kawa' is noted for its glowing salmon-red bark and vibrant fall color. This deciduous shrub or small tree features a delicate foliage of 5-7 slender tipped lobed leaves which emerge rich green in spring, sometimes lightly edged with red tints.

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Acer palmatum 'Beni-Maiko' (Japanese Maple)

Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Beni Maiko' is a compact deciduous shrub with a striking foliage. Emerging brilliant red in spring, the three or five pointed, lobed leaves fade to pinkish-red with green undertones in summer.

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Acer palmatum 'Beni-Tsukasa' (Japanese Maple)

Noted for its remarkable leaf color, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Beni-Tsukasa' is a small deciduous shrub with a changing foliage, season after season. Emerging bright peachy-yellow in spring, the delicate foliage of palmate, 5-7 slender tipped lobed leaves gradually changes to pink and red with some greenish undertones.

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Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' (Japanese Maple)

Regarded as one of the best purple-leaved Japanese Maples, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' is a large deciduous shrub or small rounded tree of great beauty in all seasons.

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Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' is an upright deciduous shrub or small tree with a pretty variegated foliage of 5-7 lobed green leaves, irregularly margined with silvery-white and light touches of pink on the edges in spring. Some leaves may have no markings while others may be solid cream. Sometimes gracefully twisted, the pale portion of the leaves turns scarlet to magenta in the fall

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Acer palmatum 'Chitose-Yama' (Japanese Maple)

Award-winning Acer palmatum 'Chitose-Yama' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with a striking foliage. Emerging rich purple red in spring, the seven pointed, lobed leaves mature to bronze green in summer. In the fall, the leaves turn bright crimson before shedding to the ground.

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Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen' (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

Noted for its persistent leaf color throughout the entire growing season, award-winning Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub of outstanding interest.

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Acer palmatum 'Crippsii' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Crippsii' is a compact deciduous shrub or small tree with a pretty foliage of five pointed, lobed, deep emerald green leaves in summer, turning vibrant orange in the fall before shedding to the ground. Slow growing, this dwarf Japanese Maple enjoys a vase-shaped habit and is ideal for containers or small gardens.

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Acer palmatum 'Deshojo' (Japanese Maple)

Quite desirable, Acer palmatum 'Deshojo' is a deciduous shrub or small tree, primarily grown for its striking spring foliage color. Emerging bright carmine-red in spring, the small, slender-pointed, lobed leaves gradually fade to green, often with reddish bronze edges, in summer. In the fall, the delicate foliage warms up to brilliant scarlet, before shedding to the ground.

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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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