Hi. I'm new to the forum but have enjoyed reading the threads in the past. I have a dilemma..... I live in Houston, TX. I'm thinking of planting a japanese maple in a shady spot on the northeast side of my house. What would you recommend based on the following criteria: 1. Zone 9. Hot (up to 100 degrees) and HUMID. Full sun from about 10am-3pm. 2. Space is a limiting factor. At maturity, can be no more than ~8ft wide. Also, this is going to be planted about four feet from my house - I don't want it to jeopardize my foundation. As an alternative, I have thought of going with a larger tree and just pruning it as needed. 3. Relatively fast growth if possible. I won't really be able to enjoy it until it is visible out of our kitchen window (which is about 4-5 ft off of the ground). Ideally, I'd like it to be about 5-7 feet tall in 3 yrs. This is what made me think of trying something other than a small variety and just pruning it aggressively if necessary. 4. Where would you order it (specifically if possible)? Every nursery grower around here thinks I'm nuts ! Consequently, I'm going to have to get it via mail-order. I've thought of the obvious choices based on the heat: moonfire, fireglow, bloodgood. What do you think? Any other suggestions? Is this all wishful thinking??? Merry Christmas !