A newer introduction of what is likely an old Japanese cultivar. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. A very vigorous grower, this is a 2-3 year plant that is well on its was to doubling its size just this spring. It is often described as a "red-leafed" japonicum, a characteristic that has been long sought-after, but that desigation might be a stretch. This tree will quickly green-out in shade, but does seem to take on various shade of red when exposed to sun. All photos from spring 2005.