Japanese Maple (variety Dancing Peacock)
Botanic name: Acer japonicum "Aconitifolium."
Flowers: Inconspicuous; tree is grown for other traits, including fall color.
Size: To 15 feet.
Form: Upright, small tree.
Needs: Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Some afternoon shading will reduce leaf scorch.
Comments: One of many varieties of upright Japanese maples, as opposed to weeping forms that grow out rather than up. For larger patios, consider the lovely species maple Acer palmatum.