Acer palmatum ‘Kotobuki’ has leaves variegated with white and pink.  The name means ‘long life’ or ‘celebration’ and the name is perfect. This is a beautifully colored maple. The degree of variegation is not always constant 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.

Acer palmatum ‘Kotobuki’ prefers morning sun with afternoon shade in well-drained soil and grows into a dwarf 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 6′ tall. Once established this maple is hardy to -10 degrees. USDA zone 6. 

For more information regarding  Japanese Maples please check out Planting Japanese MaplesCare and Maintenance of Japanese Maples, and lastly, Pruning Japanese Maples. 

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 and the contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and lots of photos. Discussions include questions from A to Z. 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.

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Photos of Kotobuki are courtesy of  Buchholz Nursery. Buchholz Nursery is a wholesale nursery in Oregon.