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Tucson, AZ

February 25, 2008
10:39 PM

Post #4587672

Could a Japanese Maple be grown in southern Arizona in the ground if it is on drip irrigation -- or if it is on gray water?
I am beginning to plan a Japanese garden for part of my otherwise xeriscaped environment. I can plant it where there is filtered shade (from a tall rhuslancea) but strong sun for a few midday hours. Or I could put it where it would get morning sun but more shade from midday on.
Thank you. Your article is very helpful and persuasive.
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

February 26, 2008
1:04 AM

Post #4588279

It might be challenging. I'd only give them morning sun in your area. Regular water will certainly help. They like acidic soil...isn't the soil in your area alkaline? You might need to add an acidifying agent to your growing area.

Albuquerque, NM

May 20, 2010
10:25 AM

Post #7810761

Looks like this is an old thread, but I just read it, so I'll go ahead and answer. I live in Albuquerque, NM and I have an 8 year old JM that is doing really well. It is a pygmy, so it's only about 5' tall, but it is bushy and beautiful. It gets really hot here, and this one gets plenty of sun, but so far so good. I do know that if it doesn't get plenty of water while the weather is hot, it begins to complain! Overall, though, it has been easy to grow, and it is incredibly beautiful. I'm not sure, but I think Tucson is generally hotter than Albuquerque, but they are fairly similar. I think if the tree will grow here, it will grow in Tucson. I don't advise full sun all day, but there are very few things that do well in all day full sun out here in the desert. The JM will appreciate a little shade.

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