Another dirty little secret about many of the very new cultivars, is that they are named very quickly. The thing is, maples really do change with time, and a 30 year old tree may not retain the characteristics of a 5 year old one. An example (a straw man, really) is 'Orange Dream'. It's very similar to 'Katsura', a very old cultivar. But OD leafs out a couple of weeks later than the very early Katsura, a great advantage in our frost-ridden springs. So all things being equal, great. But what we now know, is that when OD gets older and big, it stops doing the orange display that gives it the name. In fact, it's an attractive but quite plain yellow maple that burns easily and is not very different (when large) from a thousand other seedlings. Katsura on the other hand, flames orange even on older plants. So, a straw man because I think OD is a worthy cultivar, lots of people keep it cut back in pots, it does just fine. But it doesn't do what it says on the tin. Some other cultivars seem to have been named this way, and as they grow older there's really nothing at all to distinguish them from the species. 'Nakahara beni' comes to mind. Well on a cheerier note, the daisies are now coming into bloom in the sunnier, newer part of the Aceretum. What could be cheerier than daisies? And really putting on quite a show too. This snap taken at sundown this evening.