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Featured Tree: Japanese Maple Acer palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’

The coral bark maple is popular for a reason. This cultivar of a Japanese maple is relatively small in size. It has beautiful coral-colored bark that turns a deep orange-red at the twigs. The contrasting bright, mid green leaves are small and delicate in spring and summer. And the fall color brings a stunning display of gold tinged with pink and orange.

Acer palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’ can grow to 25′ in height, with a spread of 15-20′ wide. Like most Japanese maples, it prefers moist but well-drained soil with moderate water. The leaves retain the best color in partial shade, leaf scorch can occur, so avoid planting this tree where it will receive hot afternoon sun.

‘Sango-Kaku’ is the perfect Japanese maple for small gardens or courtyards to provide a focal point or for planting in mixed borders to provide seasonal color. Be sure to plant this maples where its beauty can be enjoyed. Once the radiant fall color is past, this tree provides a beautiful, graceful silhouette throughout the winter months, where its coral bark can be enjoyed in its full glory.

USDA Zones: 5-8.


How to Care for Acer ‘Sango-Kaku’:

  • Plant in full sun to part sun.
  • Plant in rich, moist, slightly acidic or neutral, well-drained soil.
  • Improve soil drainage by digging in amendments to lighten the soil.
  • Plant slightly high so water does not collect around the root flare.
  • Prefers moderate and regular watering, keeping the soil moist.
  • Fertilize with a high nitrogen, slow release plant food in spring.
  • Mulch around the base (keeping it away from the trunk) to keep the roots cool.