… you know the song
In fact, of course this is a shadow of maple leaves, yes.
About five years ago I had planted a little Japanese maple with red leaves in the corner of my back garden not expecting any surprises. Few months later a little branch from the very bottom of the 50cm high tree started to grow fast above the rest of the tree. This branch carried green leaves! I guess Irish soil affected the plant in that way
Anyway, now the “Japanese” part of the maple is still under a meter high, spreading its branches horisontally. The “Irish” part grew at least 2.5 meters high and overlooks the estate above the garden walls.