Coral Bark Japanese Maple Tree
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Coral Bark Japanese Maple Tree
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Leaf
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Additional Product Shot 1328
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Additional Product Shot 1329
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Additional Product Shot 1330

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Light Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Coral Bark Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

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‘Sango-kaku’ Coral Bark Japanese Maple is one of the most sought after of all Japanese Maples, and its popularity is easy to comprehend. Once you glimpse its warm coral-red young branches glowing like hot coals on a chilly winter day, you’ll understand, too. This is the kind of tree you’ll want to have outside your window, so you can view it year-round, from the early days of spring when the leaves emerge bright yellow, to the sweet days of summer when they turn a lively bright green, to the crisp days of fall when the foliage turns a rich golden-orange. And of course in winter, you’ll want to fix a cup of hot cocoa, sit by the fire, and enjoy the bonfire of coral stems blazing away outside.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Light Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Although today they are loved around the globe wherever the climate suits them, Japanese Maples were originally exclusive to—you guessed it—Japan (also China and Korea), where they’d been grown for centuries before any Westerner ever set eyes on them. The Coral Bark Japanese Maple, or ‘Sango-kaku’ (also known as ‘Senkaki’), is an old variety that was discovered by the Japanese and introduced to the West in 1920 via an Irish nursery called Daisy Hull. “Sango” in Japanese means “Sea coral,” and “kaku” means “rising upward,” or “pillar,” in reference to the upright habit of this graceful small ornamental tree.

The Details

There are some shrubby Dogwoods and Willows with exciting coral-colored winter bark, but few Japanese Maples sport this distinctive and endearing feature. Its what makes the Coral Bark Japanese Maples one of the most beloved Japanese Maples of all time. Rising to the top of this classy group of trees is quite an achievement, considering there are literally hundreds of beautiful Japanese Maples on the market to choose from!

How to Grow

Coral Bark Japanese Maple is happiest in moderate climates where winters are neither too frigid, nor summers too hot and steamy. In the warmer parts of its range, it appreciates some shade from the afternoon sun, though it can be grown in full sun where summers are mild. Wind protection is advisable in sites exposed to freezing winter winds. Coral Bark Maple isn’t fussy about soil, as long as it isn’t wet. Like most Maple Trees, it does occasionally fall prey to verticillium wilt, a fungal disease present in some soils. The disease is more likely to attack stressed trees, and proper cultural care is the best means of defense against it.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone
Exposure Sun/Light Shade
Avg Mature Height 15'
Avg Mature Width 10-12'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Golden/Orange
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches Yes
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

5-6' tall. This Specimen Japanese Maple will be sure to give you year round excitement. With its show of awesome green leaves in the summer and vibrant bark in the summer.

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Coral Bark Japanese Maple Tree
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Leaf
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Additional Product Shot 1328
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Additional Product Shot 1329
Coral Bark Japanese Maple Additional Product Shot 1330