Oh my gee. This is Acer palmatum ‘Twombly’s Red Sentinel’—its first spring in the garden after it was planted last fall. I loved the dark red foliage when I bought it, but the new spring leaf color is fantastic! The columnar habit of this maple makes it worthy of a small garden setting where it won’t take up much room, yet provide an exclamation point for three seasons.
The lily flowering tulips in the background are Tulipa ‘Green Star’ (yum!) and the yellow one is supposed to be ‘Mona Lisa’ yellow with streaks of red. However, they didn’t streak red (accept for two) and look more like ‘West Point’.
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