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Heatseekers Series

 Acer Oliverianum 'Hot Blonde'

'Hot Blonde' was found by the brothers at tree but as a chance hybrid between Acer oliverianum and a golden Japanese maple. The result is a gorgeous golden yellow upright Japanese maple with orange border in the spring. 'Hot Blonde' gets more and more yellow as the season goes on. 'Hot Blonde' is a strong growing and vigorous tree, reaching 12-14 ft in 10 years. Fall color on 'Hot Blonde' is an intense fiery red. Last fall, the fall color on 'Hot Blonde' lasted from mid-October to mid-December even in our hot cold frames. This may be perhaps one of our best introductions to date. We even considered patenting this tree, but decided finally to release it this year. 'Hot Blonde' will make a great focal point, or a great golden yellow tree to bring out the reds and greens in your landscape.
'Hot Blonde' is one of the most heat tolerant Japanese maples we produce. This heat tolerance allows gardeners the ability to bring more ornamental appeal to the southwest exposure in the southern garden. Gardeners in the South have been looking for this Japanese maple for years. This cultivar must be propagated by grafting onto Acer palmatum. 'Hot Blonde' is part of our Heatseekers Series™ of Heat Tolerant Japanese maples for the South.



Acer Oliverianum 'Hot Tamale'

There have been rumors about this red Acer oliverianum selection, that it could handle full sun without burning in much hotter zones than the typical Japanese maple, Acer palmatum. Nurserymen have been looking for this tree for years in Japan. The search for the 'Hot Tamale' Japanese maple is over.
'Hot Tamale' is a rare Japanese selection of a heat tolerant Chinese maple that leafs out as bright red to deep burgundy. 'Hot Tamale' was found as a chance seedling by the famous Japanese author and maple expert, Masayoshi Yano, and was given the working code name of "Nakahara ben B". We later obtained permission to call this cultivar 'Hot Tamale', adding this to our Heatseekers Series™ of Heat Tolerant Japanese maples for the South.
By late spring, the leaves on this Japanese maple mature to a pleasant olive green. Mid-summer flushes of new growth on 'Hot Tamale' are a bright red, making a great contrast with the older growth. In the autumn, 'Hot Tamale' will dazzle you with bright yellows and orange-reds to bright crimson leaves. 'Hot Tamale' is sure to make a splash in your garden. 'Hot Tamale' reaches 10-12 ft in height in 15 years making a small to mid-sized tree.
While 'Hot Tamale' adds a lot of color to the landscape and garden, this Japanese maple is very useful. This Acer oliverianum selection expands this possibilities of Japanese maples in a garden. 'Hot Tamale' is exceptionally heat tolerant, allowing it to handle full sun in zones 8 and zone 9 once established. There are even rumors that this maple may even be able to handle zone 10 with protection from hot afternoon sun. While, I have never tried this myself, I encourage you to do so and please report back your results.
'Hot Tamale' is one of the most heat tolerant Japanese maples we produce. This heat tolerance allows gardeners the ability to bring more ornamental appeal to the southwest exposure in the southern garden. Gardeners in the South have been looking for this Japanese maple for years. This cultivar must be propagated by grafting onto Acer palmatum.



Acer Oliverianum 'Hot Sauce'

'Hot Sauce' was found and selected from a batch of Acer oliverianum by our good friend and mentor, Masayoshi Yano, at World Maple Park in Uda, Japan.
’Hot Sauce’ is quite attractive for an Acer oliverianum, giving the red color of a ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese maple, but the heat tolerance of Acer oliverianum. The spring color of ‘Hot Sauce’ is a bright red, turning to deep red. To hold the best color and get the best vigor out of ‘Hot Sauce’ give it plenty of sunlight. During the latest part of summer, ‘Hot Sauce’ may turn greener. Fall color is bright oranges to red. ‘Hot Sauce’ makes a nice upright tree reaching 10-12 ft in height in 10 years.
‘Hot Sauce’ was given as a gift by Masayoshi Yano to Matt and Tim under the working code-name “Nakahara beni A’ . We received permission by Mr. Yano to call this tree ‘Hot Sauce’ and have added this tree to our Heatseekers Series™ of heat tolerant maples for the Southern Garden.
'Hot Sauce' is one of the most heat tolerant Japanese maples we produce. This heat tolerance allows gardeners the ability to bring more ornamental appeal to the southwest exposure in the southern garden. Gardeners in the South have been looking for this Japanese maple for years. This cultivar must be propagated by grafting onto Acer palmatum.



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