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Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime'

 
Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime'
Japanese maple

Common name Japanese maple
Family sapindaceae
Life cycle tree
Size 30"
Light sun-part shade

An oddity among the Japanese maples we grow, 'Kiyohime' grows much wider than it is tall. I didn't know this when I planted it: I bought it for the pretty rose-margined green leaves, and never knew its name until, intrigued by its habit, I enquired about it at the nursery where I bought it (at the same time as 'Shishigashira' which lives just across the bog from it). After several years in the garden, it started to look a little awkward, with a bare center surrounded by branches sticking haphazardly in all directions. But some judicious pruning last year appears to have been successful – the tree is looking rather elegant right now.

Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime'
'Kiyohime' in a much younger state, before its spreading habit became apparent

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: bogside border

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