Posted: 16/09/2014 at 12:43
My family will be over the moon with your advice to leave the tree standing. Actually my life would not have been worth living if I had taken the tree down, so hopefully the tree will continue to live a long health life.
The leaves are as you described, yellow and maroon, natural autumn colouring.
Many thanks for your advice and will let you know if there any new developments with the Snake Bark Maple.