Japanese maples make excellent specimen plants for the landscape. Usually having red or green foliage in the summer, Japanese maples display an array of colors in autumn. With proper placement and care, a Japanese maple can add an exotic flare to almost any garden that will be enjoyed for years. While there are varieties of Japanese maples for zone 5, and even some that are hardy in zone 4, many other varieties are only hardy to zone 6. Read on to learn more about growing Japanese maples in zone 5.
Can Japanese Maples Grow in Zone 5 Climates?
There are many popular varieties of zone 5 Japanese maples. However, in the northern parts of zone 5, they may need a little extra winter protection, especially against harsh winter winds. Wrapping sensitive Japanese maples with burlap in early winter can give them that added protection.
While Japanese maples are not too picky about soil, they cannot tolerate salt, so do not plant them in areas where they will be exposed to salt injury in the winter. Japanese maples also cannot deal with waterlogged soil in spring or fall. They need to be planted in a well-draining site.
Japanese Maples for Zone 5
Below is a list of some of the common Japanese maples for zone 5:
- Glowing Embers
- Sister Ghost
- Peaches & Cream
- Amber Ghost
- Burgundy Lace