Koto-no-ito’ means “Harp Strings” which perfectly describes this small tree with very divided, trailing leaves that emerge with crimson tones before turning bright green. This gives it a very light and airy character. Fall foliage is golden yellow.
It actually has two distinct leaf types: the spring foliage on old wood is very fine and essentially string-like. Later in the season, the leaves that emerge on new growth have lobes that are longer and broader, although still considered narrow. Another name for this cultivar is “Dancing Monkey Tree,” for the way its narrow lobes move in the wind.
It is slow growing, and has a densely branched upright, vase shaped habit. Mature size is 10′-15′ tall by 8′-10′ wide.
Pronunciation: AY-ser pahl-MAY-tum
Species Meaning: Shaped like the palm of the hand
Best grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Grows well in sandy loams. May be grown in full sun in the northern parts of its growing range.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P18077
Found in Pots,
Waiting to find the perfect home for it in the garden.
We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens.