Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Koto-no-ito’

Harp String

The name ‘Koto-no-Ito’ means “harp string”, 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 works as the harp frame. The unique, 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 carry the show in winter. 6’H x 4’W mature.

  • Light Needs: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Water Needs: Water weekly, more so if extremely hot
  • USDA Zone: 5-8
  • Pot Size: #7 Size Pot Squat

Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'

Coral Bark

This beautiful small tree has brilliant red-coral bark on its young branches with color that intensifies in the winter. Deeply cut, pale green leaves display attractive red margins and turn a vibrant, golden yellow in fall. Thrives in bright dappled shade in warmer regions, or in full sun in cooler regions. Deciduous.

  • Light Needs: Filtered to Full Sun
  • Water Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • USDA Zone: 5-8
  • Pot Size: #10 Size Pot Squat

Acer palmatum var. dissectum

Crimson Queen

A low-branching, dwarf tree with a delicate, weeping form. The foliage holds its beautiful crimson color throughout summer and can turn bright scarlet in autumn. Sun-tolerant in cooler regions, where sunlight intensifies the foliage color. Site in a bright dappled shade setting elsewhere. Well-suited for use as a container specimen. Deciduous.
  • Light Needs: Partial to Full Sun
  • Water Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • USDA Zone: 5-8
  • Pot Size: # 10 Pot Squat

Acer palmatum 'Wolff'

'Emperor I®

A graceful form with black-red bark veiled in dark red foliage that turns a brilliant scarlet in fall. Leaves bud out later in spring, better withstanding damage from late frosts than less cold hardy varieties. Displays most intense color in full sun exposure. Ideal as a colorful specimen in smaller landscapes. Deciduous.

  • Light Needs: Partial to Full Sun
  • Water Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • USDA Zone: 5-8
  • Pot Size: #10 Pot Squat

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Waterfall'

This improved selection makes an extremely attractive garden or patio tree. It displays beautifully cascading branches with large, finely cut green leaves and golden fall color. A choice small tree for garden accents and containers in full to part sun in cool climates, dappled or afternoon shade in extremely hot areas. Deciduous.

  • Light Needs: Partial to Full Sun
  • Water Needs: Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • USDA Zone: 5-8
  • Pot Size: #5 Pot Squat

    Photos and information courtesy of Monrovia and Iseli.