Did a quick comarison of maples in my garden that have a claim to nicely colored bark in the winter: A.c. Pacific Fire - last year this plant was like a neon sign. This year, mediocre at best. A.p. Ayogi - supposed to have "amazing" green bark in the winter, but it looks like green babyfood to me. We need a better green-barked variety if this is the best there is! A.p. Bihou - so far has lived up the the claim of its stunning yellow-orange bark. The color seems to persist on wood that is several yeard old. A.p. Japanese Sunrise - nice orange-reds. Definitely worth having. A.p. Red Wood - I only have a tiny graft, but the color looks nice so far. A deep, true red. A.p. Sango kaku - Very nice color on new wood. Sadly, this is one of my rattiest-looking trees. Branch die-back and sunscald are so bad on this tree that it has gained no height in the 7 years I've had it planted. Considering the axe for this one. See pics below. All are completely un-retouched. File names are titles.