Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku'
Japanese maple 'Sango kaku', Coral Bark Maple
Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' or coral barked maple is well known for it's bright orange-red coloured bark on young branches which creates a pleasing winter feature. During summer it has pale green leaves with a pinkish tinge to the margins which in aut...
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- Position: Full sun to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
- Eventual Size: 2 to 3 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: Deciduous coral stems with bright yellow autumn colouring
- Foliage: Deciduous
Japanese Maples are best pruned when fully dormant (November to early February), as maples bleed sap from pruning cuts at other times, weakening the tree. However, pruning is still best kept to a minimum as the most graceful shape comes from a tree that has been allowed to develop fairly naturally. As a result, just remove badly-placed or crossing shoots to encourage a good framework of branches to form. Where you do need to reduce height and width, follow long branches back to a side branch and pruning it out at this point. This is not necessary on prostrate-growing trees because they should be allowed to spread naturally to gain the best effect.
Please refer to our: Japanese Maple Growing Guide
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