Japanese Maples are known for their brilliant fall color, but a few cultivars also put on an impressive spring show. Such is the case with my Kiyohime Japanese Maple, which was introduced to Sutherland last year. The spring foliage is green with red margins, but reads as copper from a distance. As the weather warms throughout the season, the leaves will become darker green. In the fall, expect a yellow-orange show.
For me, it’s just as exciting as any spring flowering tree or shrub, but then again, I’m a ‘foliage guy.’ This little tree may only reach 6-7 feet in height, but the horizontally-tiered branches can get 8-12 feet wide. It’s the perfect punctuation at the end of the Hosta garden.
I purchased this Japanese Maple from Pine View Nursery in Leitchfield, KY. I’m tempted to buy more Kiyohime to keep in the containers on the patio. Do you have a favorite Japanese Maple? If so, let me know.
Acer palmatum ‘Kiyohime’