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The leaves on Kotohime are among the smallest of the Japanese maples. The growth habit is upright with heavy branching. Trees may eventually reach 5 to 6 foot tall, but only after many years. The very small leaves are palmate, resemble a human hand. New leaves are bright red at the leaf edges, with green at the centers, then become bright green. 'Hime' means literally 'Princess' but here indicates a dwarf.
Air-layering as a way of propagating bonsai material. Layering will often create a ring of fine surface roots that yield an excellent nebari in a short period of time.
Root development at separation
of the layer from the parent tree
Koto Hime Keep Outdoors in a sunny location. Deciduous tree and fully frost hardy. Check the soil daily but only water when necessary. Never allow soil to dry out, keep the soil evenly moist. Koto Hime Japanese maple has a strong vertical growth habit responds well to drastic pruning- allow shoots to extend 3 or 4 nodes then prune back to 1 or 2 leaves, to maintain shape Horizontal branches must be wired into place Repot In Spring before buds extend Koto Hime Japanese maple has a strong vertical growth habit Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season. A great plant for beginners.
Keep Outdoors in a sunny location. WILL TOLERATE FREEZING, but PROTECT FROM STRONG WINDS & SEVERE COLD. Foliage can become bronzed after frosts during the Winter but it will green up again in the Spring. Water when the soil moderately dries, but do not let the soil dry out. Fertilize at one-third strength in the growing season. Re-pot– every two years. Boxwood dislike acid soil. Avoid using very shallow pots. Thin branches and leaves to open up the tree and place boxwood in a location with good air circulation, because during times of high humidity interior leaves may mildew. Boxwood tolerate medium shade, filtered sun, or full sun. Boxwood tends to be generally slow growing. The branches become brittle after the wood has hardened, so wiring or bending must be done carefully. Boxwood respond well to shearing and back bud readily, easily creating foliage pads on the branches. A great tree for beginners.