Koto no ito translates to 'Golden old Harp'. A small, slow-growing, semi-dwarf tree with very fine leaves that emerge with crimson tones before turning to bright green. The elegant leaves warm up to vibrant orange-yellow in the autumn. Leaves are carried on short red stalks. The dark green bark adds a nice touch of colour to the winter garden.
'Koto no ito' may reach around 2m of height and 3m spread. Best leaf colour is produced in partial shade. Forms an upright rounded shape.
As with most maples, very little pruning is required. If necessary, this should be carried out in the dormant season. Then only removing dead, diseased or crossing branches.
Should be grown in moist but well-drained soil. Leaf colour is best in partial shade but the full sun can be tolerated.
Like all Maples, this one is very easy to maintain. It doesn't require any pruning routine. Remove any dead or damaged branches. The best time to prune is the late autumn or winter when the plant is fully dormant.
In spring you may add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser or organic matter around the base of the plant.