Acer palmatum Kotobuki has leaves variegated with large portions of white and pink. The name in Japanese means ‘long life’ or ‘celebration’. The degree of variegation is not always consistent and sometimes portions are entirely pink or white or green and the pink can very between hot pink or light pink from one month to the next. Fall color varies from orange to red.
Kotobuki prefers morning sun with afternoon shade in well-drained soil and grows into a moderate sized tree with willowy branches. Sunshine is necessary to bring out the pink and white color on the leaves. Too much shade and most of the leaves, if not all, will be totally green. Estimated height in 10 years is 8′ tall. Once established this maple is hardy to -10 degrees. USDA zone 6.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. Contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many of photos. No question is dumb – you will not be criticized for lack of knowledge, rather you will get a variety of opinions from all over the country. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.
Limited availability – A few 1 gallon maples will be available summer 2021.
Photos of Kotobuki are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery. Buchholz Nursery is a wholesale nursery in Oregon.