Koto No Ito Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito'

Growzone: 5-9

Rare Harp String Acer Palmatum Koto No Ito

Koto No Ito is also Called "Harp String Japanese Maple". The Japanese name ‘Koto-no-Ito’ is translated to “harp string”, which is a reference to the string-like quality of this Japanese Maple’s narrow, deeply divided leaf lobes.

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1 Gal. 2.5 - 3 feet $49.95
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Fine Leaved Acer Palmatum Koto No Ito

Also Called "Harp String Japanese Maple". The Japanese name ‘Koto-no-Ito’ is translated to “harp string”, which is a reference to the string-like quality of this Japanese Maple’s narrow, deeply divided leaf lobes. Acer palmatum ‘Koto-no-ito’ also has a dense, twiggy branch structure that resembles the harp frame. The very unique, finely divided leaves have a tinge of red in spring, stay green during summer and change to yellow in fall. Bright green bark and a graceful, elegant form that continues the show throughout winter.

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History and introduction of the Japanese Maple:

Acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820. When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg traveled in Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with the high art of oriental gardens. He gave it the species name palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves, similar to the centuries-old Japanese names kaede and momiji, references to the 'hands' of frogs and babies, respectively. For centuries Japanese horticulturalists have developed cultivars from maples found in Japan and nearby Korea and China. They are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have long been a subject in art. Numerous cultivars are currently available commercially and are a popular item at garden centers and other retail stores in Europe and North America. Red-leafed cultivars are the most popular, followed by cascading green shrubs with deeply dissected leaves. Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.