Okay, I changed my mind. Instead of getting a Kanzan flowering cherry tree, I bought a Tamukeyama Japanese maple tree. The reasons are because if there is a late frost (which happened this year), that can kill off all of the cherry buds, so no cherry blossoms. Also, I read that many cherry trees get weak from disease and parasites after around 12-15 years and then they die! So even though the Tamukeyama is much more expensive, I bought it. I still need to send in the paperwork for approval to put it in my yard. I went to a presentation about Japanese maples last weekend, so now I'm very interested in getting a couple more. I also already have a small "bloodgood" Japanese maple tree.
Acer Palmatum -'Kamagata'
choice cultivar is a very delicate looking dwarf plant. Although it
looks like delicate feathers of foam, it is actually very durable and
hardy. It is both heat and cold tolerant and has performed excellently
in full sun. As the leaves unfold in the spring the edges are tinted
with red to rusty red. The early summer foliage becomes a bright light
green. The fall colors are outstanding with brilliant shades of yellow
and orange with an occasional touch of red. The leaves keep their color
into late fall thus extending Kamagata's beauty. This cultivars new
shoots are thin and delicate looking but are actually quite
sturdy. After 8-10 years 'Kamagata' reaches a height of 3-4 feet. J.D.
Vertrees, the grandfather, aristocrat, and most renowned expert of
Japanese maples in the United States chose to name two trees during his
lifetime, one of them being 'Kamagata'. 'Kamagata' performs and
appears quite differently from any other cultivar.information and photo fromhttp://www.pacificcoastmaples.com
Acer Palmatum -'Sango Kaku'
Kaku's' bright coral colored bark is one of many outstanding features
of this maple. Its Japanese name means "Coral Tower". At times the bark
color becomes almost fluorescent. This highly sought after cultivar is
always in high demand because of its striking and unique
coloration. The colors seem to brighten in the fall and intensify even
more as when winter approaches. The leaf color is a striking light
green which looks even brighter set upon the beautiful coral colored
bark. The leaves have a strong reddish tinge which tends to fade out as
the leaves mature. As summer approaches the thin-textured leaves turn
an even lighter shade of green. The leaves turn a yellow-golden color
in the fall. Some Japanese maple experts feel that this cultivar is not
as impressive in the fall as it is throughout all the other
seasons. The exceptions to this are in the Pacific Northwest and Europe
where 'Sango Kaku' is quite "showy" almost every fall. This
upright-growing tree gradually spreads at the top as it ages. 'Sango
Kaku' grows rapidly for the first few years then takes on a branching
out and thickening habit of growth. When 'Sango Kaku' is planted near
contrasting colors it makes a striking color combination for winter
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