Thanks for the advice. If you get a chance please post some pictures of yours, I'd love to see what it looks like growing like that. That's funny about the price. Around here $20 will get you a 1 year bloodgood from home depot and that's about it. Even at home depot, a tree this size goes for around $79 but they never have cool cultivars, just the everyday red japanese maples. Although I did find one that had a few shirazz. Most expensive tree I've purchased from home depot, $49, but it's small. I'm still waiting for it to leaf out to see if it is even what it's suposed to be. That's the best thing about getting trees from home depot or lowes, you have a full year to get a full refund.