Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' (Coral Bark Japanese Maple) grown in 7-gallon pots.
Close-up of early season green foliage and red stems of Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' (Coral Bark Japanese Maple).
Close-up of yellow autumn foliage and red stems of Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' (Coral Bark Japanese Maple).
Close-up of orange to red autumn foliage and red stems of Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' (Coral Bark Japanese Maple).

Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' (Coral Bark Japanese Maple)

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Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' is a Japanese maple cultivar noted for its showy fall foliage and the coral-pink bark for which it's named, as 'sango kaku' translates to 'coral tower,' a feature which stands to make 'Sango Kaku' an incredible specimen tree and focal piece for the home garden. Growing to 20-25 feet tall, this cultivar is among the larger end of the Japanese maples, and its larger stature only adds to its impressive beauty. Leaves emerge pinkish-yellow in the spring before deepening to light lime-green in the summer months and eventually yellow in the early fall.

As fall leaves mature and get ready to drop, the tree takes on its most striking effect with soft yellow layers falling to the ground and slowly revealing more and more of the brilliant red shades of the outer bark, which only deepen with cooler weather. 'Sango Kaku' grows best in moist, well-drained soils and part-shade, though it can be grown in full-sun. Additionally, wide-tolerance of soil types, and resistance to herbivore browsing only add to its landscape appeal.

Mature Tree Height: Medium: 15 to 30 feet
Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun) and Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Red
Foliage Color: Green and Yellow
Features: Fall Color and Winter Interest
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, and Clay Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Meadow and Small Space

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