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Acer palmatum ‘Koto No Ito’

Dancing Monkey Tree

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height2m to 2m
  • Spread1.75m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitTall thin oval
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourMid-green, bronze, gold, orange.

Description

Acer palmatum ‘Koto No Ito’ (Dancing Monkey Tree). This delicate maple has deeply incised leaves with trailing long lobes which inspired Koichiro Wada of Japan to name it 'Koto no ito' which means 'harp strings'. The leaves are mid green in summer, turning bronze, gold and orange in autumn. The tree resembles willow from a distance.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Small tree

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Foliage interest, both for shape and autumn colour. A good container plant.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Shelter from strong winds.

Propagation

Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Leaf eating caterpillars or aphids sometimes infest plants. Also prone to scale insects, tar spot, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and honey fungus.

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