I bought and planted two of these Acer Fremanii 'Autumn Blaze' Maples in mid-March 2007, here in Northern CA. They are planted in the same vicinity but are displaying very different growth patterns. They were both planted at the same time, looked the same when planted, and have a single Miracle Grow tree stake inserted 1' away from root ball. Both were about 12' tall at planting, but one is now significantly "bigger" due to substantial new branch growth. The tree in the grass is the "bigger" one - which has really taken off, but is noticeably different in color. Its a crimson-red color (except for some of the growth at the top). This tree is planted in an area that was grass, so it does have some topsoil mixed in with the native soil with mulch on top. Also, this tree gets LOTS of water, as the grass is often wet/soggy on top. The other tree is much slower growing, has limited growth and is green (crimson leaves only as new growth, quickly turning green). This tree is planted in native soil with mulch on top. It is currently on a drip daily and gets a deep watering once per week. However, this tree may not have been getting enough water during spring (Mar-May) and when I noticed it wasn't growing as quick as the other (late-May) I adjusted for more water. However, this tree still does not look quite healthy and has a lot of chew marks on most of it's leaves from something. Please look at the pictures and let me know if you have any ideas on what may be going on that's causing such variations. They supposed to both be 'Autumn Blaze' Maples - but with such contrast, I don't even know?!! Thanks!