Sugar maple luck of draw?
30 years ago, when my parents moved into a field, I planted trees. Among them I chose a sugar maple for their brilliant fall color. I really wanted fiery red such as I frequently see in the older trees in town (like 100 yr old).
Until this year, I don't recall it ever *having* any fall color, however, either due to weather and late first frost (or something?), I got some color as below:
Is it genetics, or does the color not show till later in life? Have I any hope of that brilliant scarlet?