Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' is a deciduous shrub or small tree with pretty, trailing leaves comprised of 5-7 narrow, straplike lobes, which emerge with crimson tones before quickly turning bright green. Born on short red stalks, the elegant leaves warm up to vibrant orange-yellow in fall before shedding to the ground. As they fall, they expose the bright green bark, adding a nice touch of color in the winter landscape. Slow growing, this semi-dwarf Japanese Maple is densely branched and enjoys an upright, rounded habit. 'Koto no ito' means 'Golden Old Harp'.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Best leaf color in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated. Leaf scorch can be caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure.
  • Perfect as specimen plant in cottage gardens, coastal gardens, city gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. If pruning is necessary, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running. Fertilize in spring before the leaves emerge.
  • May be affected by horse chestnut scale, aphids, verticillium wilt.
  • Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings