Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Coral bark japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Colourful new growth



Skill level


photo by Maddie Thornhill, copyright GAP Photos (32114)

Plant details

Formerly known as A. palmatum 'Senkaki'. This Japanese maple is attractive in all seasons: in spring the leaves are a lively pinkish green, turning a rich green in summer and then canary yellow with orange highlights in autumn. It is also a fine winter feature, with the bark on all its younger shoots and branches a conspicuous coral red. It requires sun to modest shade, in moist, well-drained soil. It tolerates a range of soils, including sand and heavy clay, and it is drought-tolerant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: Sango-kaku

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green, Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Colourful new growth

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 300cm

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I have one of these in my back garden. It is sheltered by a wall and only receives the morning Sun. It was originally in a container but moved about 10 years ago. It is about 3ft high and 2ft wide. I used to feed with ericaceous food but I stopped as I don't think it needed it. A beautiful tree all year round.

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