So, if I were dumb enough to want to try J. Maples again???
What would be some of the better ones for Michigan?
My track record isn't good, I've tried 3 or 4 over the years, and always lost them eventually. Spring frost/freeze being one reason, although the one that lived longest and did the best, a Bloodgood, seemed to have a verticillium type branch by branch dieback (actual causal agent unknown).
I have a good "foresty" type place where I think a couple would have better than average prospects.
I certainly wouldn't plant out in the open, there are many severely messed up J.M. around here due to the late, hard freeze after foliage had emerged. They are really sad now, sparse with tremendous dieback.