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Selecting plants suited to the San Diego 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.
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.
Noted for its miniature size and striking leaf color, Acer palmatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf' is a particularly charming Japanese Maple. Emerging salmon pink to bright orange in spring, the delicate foliage of small 5-lobed pointed leaves gradually mature lime green in summer before changing again to delightful shades of salmon, pinky-orange and carmine red in fall
Smaller but as desirable as the highly popular 'Sango kaku', Acer palmatum 'Winter Flame' is noted for its showy coral bark and fall color. This medium-sized deciduous tree features delicate 5-lobed leaves which open lime green in spring, mature to mid green in summer, and warm up to golden-yellow, orange and red in fall before they shed to the ground.
Vigorous, Acer palmatum 'Yasemin' is a deciduous small tree of outstanding interest. Its unusual foliage of 7-9 pointed, sharply-serrated, lobed leaves resembles an open hand with outstretched fingers. Emerging rich and deep reddish purple in spring, the shiny leaves hold their extraordinary color until late summer and turn bronze-red, then brilliant purple-red in fall before shedding to the ground.
Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.
Acer palmatum Dissectum Viride Group or Acer 'Viridis' is a dwarf, often multi-stemmed, Japanese maple of low, spreading habit with strongly cascading branches forming a graceful, dome-shaped specimen over time. The delicate foliage of ferny, lace-like leaves with very long, thin lobes, each further dissected into sub-lobes, is bright green through the spring and summer and stands out beautifully in the landscape. In the fall, the leaves warm up to golden-yellow with occasional splashes of crimson before shedding to the ground.
Majestic, award-winner Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway Maple) is a vigorous medium-sized deciduous tree prized for its large, rich purplish-crimson leaves that last throughout the summer and its purple fruits. Its oval to rounded, dense crown fills with ornamental clusters of reddish-orange flowers in the spring, just as the leaves emerge. They give way to purple samaras. In the fall, the leaves turn brown, dark maroon or bronze before dropping. Excellent as a shade tree or specimen to add accent to the landscape.
Noted for its lovely fall color, Acer rubrum (Red Maple) is a relatively fast-growing deciduous tree of pyramidal habit when young, becoming rounded to oval at maturity. In early spring, tiny red flowers, borne in erect clusters, appear before the leaves and are followed by red fruit. Emerging red tinged in spring, the leaves change to dark green with whitish undersides and often develop dazzling yellows and red in the fall. This Red Maple also provides some winter interest, with its attractive, smooth gray bark, often ridged and furrowed with age.
Highly popular, award-winning Acer × freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' (Freeman Maple) is a fast-growing, large deciduous tree noted for its ascending branch habit and glorious fall color. Its dense, oval to rounded canopy of deeply cut, bright green leaves, turns brilliant orange-scarlet to crimson-red in fall. The delicate foliage holds its color for several weeks before shedding to the ground. This Freeman Maple also provides some winter interest, with its smooth, thin, gray bark that becomes slightly furrowed with age.
Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Feuerland' is a compact and gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of blood red flowers delicately fading to soft gold as they mature. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, gray-green fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers. This Achillea is perfect for both the cool or warm borders.
Evergreen, award-winning Achillea 'Moonshine' is highly prized by gardeners for its pleasantly aromatic, silver-green feathery foliage and its long-lasting, conspicuous, bright lemon-yellow flat umbel flowers. Vital ingredient of herbaceous borders, cottage gardens, meadows or prairies, this Yarrow typically blooms for weeks from late spring to late summer in a beautiful color display. Easy care, drought, heat, humidity, deer and rabbit tolerant.