My girlfriend and I were coming home from Alabama yesterday to Florida and came across a bonsai place on route 231 two miles from I-10. Nice place, lots of bonsai to see and buy! I had asked a question regarding Japanese Maples and since I live in Central Florida, they are a no go. She did however mention that a swamp maple (Acer rubrum) work just fine and to look into one of those. So I have and wanted to be sure that it will work in hardiness zone 9b. In my research it says that they are hardy up to zone 9. So, I am curious will this work?