I thought I was done with maples for the year, but the local garden center just got a shipment of lovely, well-branched A. griseum. The little trees are about one meter/three feet tall, with trunks maybe 2cm in diameter, widening somewhat at the base. They're priced at $60 US (with a 10-percent discount for frequent customers). It's interesting to note some differences in the bark at this stage among the half-dozen specimens. Some are already beginning to exhibit peeling bark while in others this tendency is less apparent. Is this trait somewhat variable? I haven't read up too much on this species, but I notice that some posters here seem to be fond of it.