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Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku'

Coral-bark maple

from £19.99

5 / 5 based on 3 customer reviews
RHS Award of Garden Merit
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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 autumn turn a lovely butter yellow. Hardy and easy to grow 'Sango kaku' will happily grow either planted out or in a container.  Deservedly popular.
  • 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
  • Common Names: Japanese maple 'Sango kaku' and Coral Bark Maple
Plant Care

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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Customer Reviews

on 25 Oct 2018

5 / 5

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Acer palmatum 'Sangu Kaku' of which I took delivery of today. Its an absolute cracker of a specimen and i'm over the moon with it. Couldn't believe that it got delivered today, and you guys have now set the president on how online plant shopping should be done. Its such a shame that I live so far away (or a blessing on my wallet), but I will be returning for more plants, and recommending you to all.

on 1 Jun 2017

5 / 5

Acers are my favourite plant and this one is a gorgeous colour and is destined for a lovely container. I donamp39t mine that acers are deciduous as you have that excitement of seeing the new leaves come out in spring. Very well packed and the plant was healthy and every leaf intact. Very impressed with The Big Plant Nursey and will be ordering again soon.

on 8 May 2017

5 / 5

I am very pleased with my purchases from Big Plant Nursery. The quality of the plants I have received so far is very good and I would highly recommend them to my friends and family. In addition the customer service was excellent when dealing with a small problem regarding one of my acer trees. Thanks