Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’
Introduced in the late 1980s by the Fratelli Gilardelli Nursery, near Milan, Italy, this variety was selected for its unique spring colored foliage. Orange Dream is a beacon in the shade of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea garden. New growth is yellow green with leaf edges trimmed in hues of salmon and pink. Fall color is red and green and less than inspired, but quite pleasing to those who appreciate a more subdued display. Orange Dream is reported to develop into an upright bushy shrub reaching ten feet in that many years.