This choice cultivar is a very delicate looking dwarf plant. Although it looks like delicate feathers of foam, it is actually very durable and hardy. It is both heat and cold tolerant and has performed excellently in full sun. As the leaves unfold in the spring the edges are tinted with red to rusty red. The early summer foliage becomes a bright light green. The fall colors are outstanding with brilliant shades of yellow and orange with an occasional touch of red. The leaves keep their color into late fall thus extending Kamagata's beauty. This cultivars new shoots are thin and delicate looking but are actually quite sturdy. After 8-10 years 'Kamagata' reaches a height of 3-4 feet. J.D. Vertrees, the grandfather, aristocrat, and most renowned expert of Japanese maples in the United States chose to name two trees during his lifetime, one of them being 'Kamagata'. 'Kamagata' performs and appears quite differently from any other cultivar.