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Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Koto-ito-komachi’

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

The Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple is a rare variety of these delightful trees, with extremely long, narrow lobes in its leaves. These create an elegance and charm that is unique, and the plant itself is a slow-growing, upright and rounded tree of magical proportions. A mature tree is a perfect miniature in every way, reaching 4 to 6 feet tall in 10 years, with a width of 3 to 4 feet. Younger trees are more spreading, and shrub-like. The graceful foliage turns from light spring-green to soft green in summer, and then in fall explodes into a display or orange and yellow that is a glory to see. Mature trees have red maple ‘keys’ decorating the branches in winter.

  • Remarkable foliage with 5 narrow, hanging thread-like lobes
  • Rich fall colors of orange and yellow
  • Upright growth – a perfect miniature tree
  • Ideal for an Asian-style or woodland garden
  • Easily grown in moist soil and partial shade

Plant your Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple in moist, well-drained soil. It grows best with morning sun and afternoon shade, and it has no pests or diseases. Do not allow it to become completely dry in summer, as the leaves may shrivel. This is an ideal tree for containers and elegant pots. It is an easy subject to train as a bonsai tree, with a natural dwarf habit. This very special tree is rarely available and it is much sought after by collectors.

Plant Hardiness Zones 6-8
Mature Width 3-4
Mature Height 4-6 ft.
Soil Conditions Moist, well-drained soil
Sunlight Sun to partial shade
Drought Tolerance Low
Zones 6-8

Part of the pleasure of Japanese Maples is the diversity of their form, both in the leaves and in the shape of the plant. Some are large, others are small. They can be upright or weeping, and the leaves can be broad or narrow. For unique leaf form, the Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple is up there among the best.

This magnificent tree has extremely long, thin and elegant leaf lobes, which hang from the stems to create a unique look. Combine this with a slow-growing plant that is perfect for pots or bonsai culture, and you have something very desirable indeed. Whether your garden is filled with variety, or you have a minimalist taste, with just a handful of choice plants in an Asian-influenced setting, this is a Japanese Maple you will love to grow.

Growing Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple Trees

The Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple grows slowly into an upright tree between 4 and 6 feet tall after 10 years of growth. By that time it will be 3 or 4 feet wide, forming a dome-shaped tree on an upright trunk. As more time passes it will slowly increase in size, becoming an ancient and very valuable specimen. The smooth bark is pale gray, and the branches ascend at a little more than 45 degrees, ending in rounded heads of foliage. This is a perfect miniature tree, and ideal for a small garden.

The leaves have 5 very narrow, weeping lobes, so the overall look of this tree is graceful and open. The unique leaves have among the narrowest lobes of all the Japanese Maples, which really does create a mature miniature look, rather than just looking like a small, immature tree. The leaves are pale green in spring, darkening a little in summer, and then turning wonderful orange and yellow tones in fall. Older trees will flower in spring, and the tiny, inconspicuous flowers develop into clusters of bright-red maple ‘keys’, which add to the fall colors, also creating a beautiful look during the winter months.

Using as a Bonsai Tree

For lovers of Japanese maple, there is no doubt at all that the Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple is something very special. Because of its slower growth, it is ideal for growing in an elegant container, or for creating a Bonsai tree. Just left to grow, without any detailed training, it will naturally grow into a bonsai-like form. If you love the look of bonsai, but doubt your skill, this is an ideal tree to use, because it will naturally do almost all the work for you. In the garden it will look beautiful as a specimen among other shrubs, and it will thrive in a partially-shaded location, along with other woodland plants, under the shade of large deciduous trees.

Planting Location and Sun Exposure

The Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple will grow in sunny, partially sunny, or partially shaded locations. In zone 6 it can grow in full sun, but in warmer areas it should be placed so that it receives afternoon shade. One of the advantages of growing it in a pot is that it can be moved around the garden to give it just the right levels of light at different seasons, and also bring it out to display it when it is looking even more beautiful than usual – such as in fall.

Soil Conditions

It grows best in soil that is steadily moist, but well-drained. Add plenty of rich organic material to the soil, and mulch in spring with more, over the root zone. This plant is not very drought-tolerant, so do not let the soil become completely dry, or the foliage may shrivel and brown. A little dilute liquid fertilizer in spring and early summer will encourage healthy growth. Japanese Maples do not suffer from pest or diseases, and they are easy to grow if you pay attention to light levels and soil moisture.

History and Origins of the Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple

The Japanese maple, Acer palmatum, is a small tree native to the woods of Japan. Unusual forms have been collected for many centuries by Japanese gardeners and in more recent centuries in the West as well. There are certainly more forms of this tree than of any other tree grown. It can be hard to decide on the best choices, but here at the Tree Center this is a tree we specialize in, and we always seek the crème de la crème of these trees, so that you can enjoy something special.

Few of our trees are as special as the Koto Ito Komachi variety. It originated a long time ago in Japan, and the name means a small 5-stringed harp, in reference to the narrowness of the 5 lobes of the leaf. Our trees are produced by specialist growers, who take stems of the correct variety and attach them to the roots of seedling Japanese Maples. Don’t be fooled by cheaper un-named varieties, which will usually just be seedlings, with no specific characteristics. They will grow into large trees of no special interest. We have many connoisseurs among our customers, who will quickly buy this very special, and rarely offered, variety. So order now, while our stocks last.

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Koto Ito Komachi Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Koto-ito-komachi’

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