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The leaves on Kotohime are among the smallest of the Japanese maples. The growth habit is upright with heavy branching. Trees may eventually reach 5 to 6 foot tall, but only after many years. The very small leaves are palmate, resemble a human hand. New leaves are bright red at the leaf edges, with green at the centers, then become bright green. 'Hime' means literally 'Princess' but here indicates a dwarf.
Bare Naked Kotohime
Winter of 2012
Acer palmatum Japanese Maple
Keep Outdoors in a sunny location.
Temperate trees and fully frost hardy.
Check the compost daily
but only water when necessary.
Never allow compost to dry out, keep the compost evenly moist.
Allow shoots to extend 3 or 4 nodes then prune back to 1 or 2 leaves, to maintain shape
Repot In Spring before buds extend
Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season.
A great plant for beginners.
| Oto hime |
See the graft union
|Newly independent Oto hime|