Today I was at a nursery in Toronto area looking for some perennials on my spring "to buy" list. By chance I stumbled into the tree area and I was bowled over by the wonderful selection of excellent Japanese Maple specimens. I spoke with one of the owners and he estimates they stock approximately 90 varieties of JM in a season. In any event although I was not in the market for any more trees I was impressed with the bones and colour of a singleton JM. Looking at the tag it was a "Ruby Stars". It was a beautiful little tree...even at the nursery. The leaf colour and veining right now for this specimen was striking. I didn't buy it but I did put it on hold until I learned more about it. It appears there is some thought that it is 'simply' a re-badged "Beni Hoshi"? I am hoping you have some experience with this particular tree.