Here are photos of my Acer palmatum 'Reticulatum' through the seasons. I keep mine in morning sun and afternoon shade. It is next to Skeeters broom and Amber ghost, so there is a lovely contrast of colours. It is surprisingly hardy compared to other reticulated varieties and I would definitely reccomend it for a shady area. I've attached Spring leafing out, Summer full green and an Autumn photo that looks lovely next to the vibrant reds.