I still wanted a tree, though, so I texted our yard guy and asked him to pick up a red Japanese Maple and plant it, much further back from where the city would, of course. That was many months ago and the suspense has been terrible. But it finally has leaves!
Red Japanese maple was my second choice as I always wanted a monkey puzzle. But at least I don't have live through a monkey puzzle's early years. Ever see a young one? They look like tall Charlie Brown Christmas trees.