We are lucky enough to have a beautiful Japanese maple tree in our back yard which I love. I have to be honest, it had a lot of swing in the decision to rent this place, or at least it did on my part. We had a big Japanese maple in our front yard growing up and they just always feel like home to me. Oliver spends hours climbing in it's branches or playing in it's shade. I love watching the leaves change all different shades of crimson, but what I love best is the sparkly, dappled sunlight it lets through in the mornings.