Dustin, I am shooting in both raw and jpeg format and I had Lightroom until I deleted my Adobe account yesterday. I know I can improve that image a quite a bit with Lightroom but I do have the multiple images to work with and combine at some point. I think Photoshop has the ability to merge photos but I have not yet researched how to do it.
About the other tree. I think it is a Japanese Maple. It is in the Japanese Garden in Portland Oregon. Just an amazing garden with many photo worthy subjects. I imagine the tree is sporting those red leaves right now too. My version was unfortunately, just a snapshot as I did not have my tripod with me that day.