Fairly new Japanese maple is becoming quite large, making itself a real presence in our front garden. The brand new foliage is quite striking and the pattern produced by the emerging leaves and elongating twigs is very handsome. This one is the largest in our gardens, even on the day it was planted. It was money well spent. Bought a small "full moon" maple when it was pretty small, a hard to find variety, and it's taken several years to get to be noticable. Mrs. Phactor says TPP is getting too old to buy small trees anymore. With trees size/cost correlation is positive and not necessarily linear. It also costs more because old gardeners have old backs, so you have to hire young backs to plant them (and then make sure they get them planted straight).