Here are two spring photos of a liner plant that I had earlier in the year. The liners I had perished by early summer. I returned to the grower that supplied the liners earlier in the year and I came home with the larger plant pictured. The larger plant in summer color is of the same liner batch from the late winter and represents this years growth. The problem appears to be that the late season growth can be so vigorous that the plant will not set buds or that the growth is so tender that it does not survive the winter and early spring challenges. Combine that with a plant that is very suseptible to mildew, the condition that my liners succumbed to, and you have the makings for a difficult varieity to grow. If you view the photo of the full liner, you will notice that the black areas at the base of the new stems. This area at the base of the new stems is a grouping of buds, as can be seen on many dwarf maples, to which this plant often dies completely back to in the spring. I completely expect to lose 1/4 or better of the chutes on the larger plant pictured above come spring. What seems to happen is the plant tries to push growth from the bud grouping and frost or mildew or other problems kill the very tiny leaves. This process is repeated and if successful, we get new chutes, if not the plant burns out. Wish me luck as the larger plant above will be my last effort to grow this plant.