Coral-bark Maple

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Coral-bark Maple - Acer palmatum  'Sango-kaku'

Common Name: Coral-bark Maple
Genus: Acer
Species: palmatum
Cultivar: 'Sango-kaku'

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce. Palmatum is a reference to the hand shaped leaves.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This is one of the best Japanese maples as it looks fabulous all year round. It has pale green, deeply cut leaves that turn soft shades of yellow in autumn. It also looks gorgeous in winter after all the leaves have fallen, when its new shoots glow coral-red in the winter sunlight. Try it next to a path or in front of a window where the autumn and winter colour can be fully appreciated or as part of a winter border. It needs a shaded sheltered spot away from strong winds.

Garden Care: Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of a newly planted tree in late spring and keep well watered. No routine pruning is necessary. Remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in April.


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