Here is Acer palmatum 'Omure yama', a good cultivar that will grow well in full sun and can tolerate the heat and humidity of the Southeastern U.S.. This cultivar is noted for it's upright, weeping form. Like a Weeping Willow tree. I obtained this as a small, 1 gallon plant from Harold Johnston of Tallassee, AL. in 96'. I wanted something unusual and he suggested 'Omure yama'. I planted it into the landscape around 99'. I first noticed it starting to weep in the summer of 2002 but it still has a lot of growing to do before it shows it's full weeping potential. It seems a little slow but they say a watched pot never boils. I have seen a few planted at other nurseries and they were not staked. The resulting plants did not have the form that I am seeking out. They were a little bushy. I want a strong central leader and a full weeping crown. I therefore stake mine. It is also noted for it's crimson/gold fall color. I don't think this cultivar does as well as some others in a container so I have plans of lining my grafts of this out in the field and maintaining a stake for as long as it takes to develop a weeping form with a strong central leader. The pictures are dated, from left to right, September 2001, May 2002 and April 2003.