Walter Wu
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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.

I'm considering:

Acer Palmatum -'Kamagata'
This 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'

Sango 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

information and photo fromhttp://www.pacificcoastmaples.com

I found out there's a dwarf version of the Sangu Kaku called 'Fjellheim'.  I think I'm going to look for that one first and if I can't find it, then get the Sangu Kaku.

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