Acer palmatum Kotobuki is a relatively new maple for our nursery and a very rare and beautiful one. The name means ‘long life or celebration’ and it is a good fit. This dwarf size maple has green leaves variegated with white and pink. 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.
Kotobuki prefers morning sun with afternoon shade in well-drained soil and grows into a dwarf tree with willowy branches. Estimated height in 10 years is 6′ tall. Once established this maple is hardy to -10 degrees. USDA zone 6.