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PlantFiles: Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Koto no ito'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: palmatum (pahl-MAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Koto no ito
Additional cultivar information: (aka Koto-no-ito, Latilobatum)

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Linearilobum (narrow, straplike divided leaves)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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
Light Shade

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting
By budding

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 doss On Apr 27, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I really highly recommend this tree. It is very 'wispy' and looks like it's moving when it's standing still while at the same time being sturdy. Mine is very protected from the wind but gets a fair amount of sun being unprotected from the south. The new leaves on young trees may not be as finely cut as the older leaves. These are not to be removed as they are not 'reversions' but just a sign of immaturity. It is the palest green of the thread leaf maples and it is a conversation stopper when people walk by it in the garden.

Positive Todd_Boland On Jan 5, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This semi-dwarf maple sits on the fence between being a member of the Palmatum Group or the Linearilobum Group, although most authorities put it into the Linearilobum Grouop. Certainly the leaf lobes are very narrow and elongate, although wider than most Linearilobum maples. The new leaves have a reddish cast but summer leaves are green. Fall colour is yellow. Plants slowly reach to 2 m or a bit better. It is suitable for a large rockery or containers.


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

Garberville, California
Sacramento, California
Stanford, California
Palmyra, Illinois
Brooklyn, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Euclid, Ohio
Franklin, Ohio
Port Washington, Ohio
Media, Pennsylvania
Walhalla, South Carolina
Bothell, Washington

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