Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku'

Japanese maple

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
  • Common name: Japanese maple
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 6m

Spread: 3m

Foliage colours:
  • Golden
  • Green
  • Features: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage

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Acer palmatum is a deciduous, woody shrub native to parts of Asia and Russia. There are many garden-worthy cultivars available, which have been bred for their leaf shapes and colours.

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' is attractive throughout the year: 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 also makes a fine winter feature, with the bark on all its younger shoots and branches a conspicuous coral red. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

For best results, grow Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Protect it from the harshest winds, which may cause leaf scorch.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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