6.) Japanese Maple: Homeowners love this tree. In my opinion, it is one of the most overplanted small trees. Unless you can provide a really sheltered, cool area, Japanese Maples will not be happy. This doesn’t mean next to a brick home in full sun. The delicate foliage of Japanese Maples was not made for Oklahoma.
The leaves tatter in high winds and scorch in our heat. You also will waste copious amounts of water trying to keep them alive.
Tracey Payton Miller is Cleveland County’s horticulture extension educator for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension.