The following was received via email: In October 2001 I gathered several seedlings of Acer palmatum from under a neighbor's Japanese maple tree, grew them on in pots throughout 2002. They are of the usual unnamed sort - red in spring and fall and dark green in summer. In March 2003 I grafted onto these seedlings as root stock scions of selected named varieties. After inserting the scions in the root stock (cleft graft) and before binding, I treated the surface of the grafts with a chemical which I have used successfully in grafting other plant species. The chemical induces quicker callus formation and fusion of scion and root stock. None of the scions survived this treatment. I removed the dead scions and set aside the pots containing the root stock to allow the same to send up shoots. Within some weeks I noticed that the leaves of the new shoots bore scant resenblance to the original leaves of the root stock and of their untreated siblings. On all plants the initial growth is bright red and the leaf form unusual. I have no explanation for this anomaly except to suggest that the chemical treatment may have induced it. Attached hereto is a copy of the usual leaf form (above the line) and a copy of the leaf anomaly typical of all treated plants. Whether this anomaly persists into the next growing season I do not know. I would be grateful for your explanation.