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Japanese Maple Questions

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by hisgal2 on December 24, 2005 11:55 PM
Wasn't sure if this should go here or landscape trials and triumphs because it is mostly a question about the maple, but I have to explain my landscping plan first...

Our move to Alaska has been put on a temporary hold. Instead of moving this coming summer, we are now looking at early spring of 2007. This extra time will give us some extra time to save some extra money which will make it easier for us to find somewhere to stay while the house is being built.

While Stephen and I are both involved with the house planning, he doesn't much care about the landscaping around the house. We are looking at plots that are 1.5 to 2.5 acres in size and that are mostly rectantgles that are not far off of being square. I'd like the house situated back from the front of the lot allowing a nice driveway to lead the way to our house. This driveway will allow me to clear parts of the land (which will most likely be untouched, untamed land) and put in some really nice eye catchers and such.

I say all of this to ask if anyone knows much about the Japanese Maple?? Where I live, there are many people who have them and I just love them! their color...their shape...everything about them. I haven't been able to find much information that I want on them. First of all, I can't figure out what zone we'll be moving to. If you look at the map of Alaska and find Suldotna and Kenai, they are about 100 miles apart. Close to longitude 152 and latitude 60 intersection.Alaska
Then when I look at the hardiness map , I can't figure out which zones those places are in...there are too many zones too close together for me to figure out which zone...there are like 5 zones cramed in there!

So, how hardy are these trees??? They do just well here in Pennsylvania. I'm on the border of 6a and 6b...which is where I THINK Suldotna, AK is.

Can anyone else figure out what zone we'll be in if we move close to Suldotna or Kenai??? Anyone have any other suggestions for some nice trees (not too many) or plants that I can put around the house?? The summers will only get into the mid 70's there...this I know.

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