Acer palmatum Kinshi is a small maple with a lot of character. Kinshi is similar to Koto no ito in shape and leaf structure. The name in Japanese means ‘with golden threads’. Another great characteristic, like Koto no ito and Villa Taranto, the newest leaves emerge fatter compared to the leaves on lower branches. Each year the leaf shape is skinnier from the same leaf node. As the tree ages, subsequent leaves become thinner and thinner until they are just strings. ‘Kinshi’ has green bark and leaves and can handle full sun to partial shade.

Considered a dwarf – Kinshi grows to around 7′ tall and 6′ wide in 10 years. The growth habit is like a ‘vase or V-shape’. The lovely green summer leaves evolve to gold to orange and scarlet in the fall. This small green maple is ideal for a small garden or patio container. Once established this cultivar is hardy to USDA zone 5.

Photo courtesy of  Buchholz Nursery.