A.J. â€˜Itayaâ€™ is a Kingsville Nursery introduction from 1942. This is a wonderful cultivar for spring foliage and large abundant flowers. The leaves are almost an iridescent green in the spring as the tree leafs out with its drooping habit. As the season progresses they get rugose and curve upwards. My tree dose not get outstanding fall colors typical to other japonicums.