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PlantFiles: Variegated Dwarf Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Goshiki kotohime'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Goshiki kotohime

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mattlwfowler On Apr 3, 2007, mattlwfowler from Walhalla, SC wrote:

Leaves bunch tightly along the trunks of this dwarf cultivar, similar to that of 'mikawa yatsubusa' and somewhat like that of 'shishigashira' but with an odd mixture of pinks, bronzes, and greens in the spring. The goshiki is supposed to represent subtle variegation in the leaves, however this variegation may have been lost during cultivation for many specimens. Regardless, this is still a nice cultivar with an unusual appearance.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dublin, California
Garberville, California
Annapolis, Maryland
Walhalla, South Carolina
Seattle, Washington

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