Acer Palmatum 'Shishio/Chishio Improved'

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I'm posting this thread as not just a record for myself, but as an inspiration to others as well. This particular cultivar of Japanese Maple ('Shishio Improved') is quickly becoming my favorite. I was inspired to try my hand at creating a specimen for myself after drooling over Brian Van Fleet's post here: (https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/keep-it-or-cut-it.4383/).
The following photos I've attached have been my mistakes, and experience in just 2-1/2 short months. I will update this thread over the coming years on this trees journey to a specimen. I welcome any advise or comments, and my thanks to those who have advised over previous posts. This will be my only thread for this tree in the future, and will update frequently.

I purchased this nursery stock from Brent @EvergreenGardenWorks in August of this year. Here is how it looked on arrival. (8/19/2021)
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After a few short days in 90+ degree full sun, (my own dumb mistake) here is how it looked. (8/23/2021)
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Here it is on 10/4 leafless, and lifeless I thought.. and I had completely over looked the swelling buds. Little did I know it would bounce back stronger than ever in just a little while. (10/4/2021)
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And here it is today, just three weeks later. Beautiful new growth, and continues to show new growth every day. Although it may not be a surprise to some, it is to me, and I simply cannot stop looking at it. The new growth will not last long however as Winter approaches. (10/30/2021)
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3/18/2022 Update:
All other maples I have are in full leaf action coming into spring. However, I am 100% convinced that this Shishio Improved has died. My only guess is that after it dropped it's leaves due to scorching, and the leaves grew back in November, the first drop below freezing killed it. My theory is that once the sap started rising from the roots, it was immediately stunted by cold weather.
The lower section of the trunk is mostly gray in color, and the bark is falling off. The roots look mostly dead, but as a desperate attempt to revive, I have trunk chopped and chopped most of the roots off and re-potted, although I believe it may be a lost cause..
Any advise from anyone would be great. Thanks!!
 

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