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Koto No Ito Dwarf Japanese Maple Trees for Sale Online
The name Koto No Ito, also called "Harp String Japanese Maple", references the string-like quality of this Japanese Maple’s narrow, deeply divided leaf lobes.
About Your Koto No Ito Japanese Maple Tree
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.
|Mature Height:||8 to 10 feet|
|Mature Width:||10 to 12 feet|
|Sunlight:||Part to full sun|
|Habit:||Deciduous, densely branched|
|Foliage:||Green leaves turn golden in fall|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point or a specimen planting, very slow growing|
How to Care for Koto No Ito Japanese Maple Tree
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Koto No Ito Japanese Maple plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
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.