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Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' is often confused with:
Acer palmatum var. dissectum Acer palmatum var. dissectum
Native alternative(s) for Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku':
Acer glabrum Acer glabrum var. diffusum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Acer saccharum subsp. leucoderme  Acer leucoderme
Acer triflorum Acer triflorum bark
Aesculus 'Homestead' Inflorescence

Coral Bark Japanese Maple Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Phonetic Spelling
AY-ser pahl-MAY-tum
Description

Coral Bark Japanese Maple is a slow to moderate growing small to medium-sized woody tree that produces coral red winter bark.  Plant it in full sun to modest shade, in moist, well-drained soil.  It tolerates a range of soil types including sand and heavy clay.  The foliage will retain a light green-yellow color through spring and summer and in the fall it will turn bright yellow. The color intensifies in cold weather to almost salmon and though produces its best color in full sun, new foliage may scorch. This cultivar is drought tolerant and is sometimes mistakenly called ‘Corallinum’. 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#red#deciduous#fall color#yellow#small tree#bark#drought tolerant#orange#interesting bark#tree#maple#japanese maple#coral bark#winter interest#cpp#deciduous tree#fall color yellow#sandy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#fall color orange
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    palmatum
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought, heavy clay soil, and sand soil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Insignificant
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple palmatly veined leaves with 7 narrow pointed lobes. They have yellow gold fall color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    Coral red winter bark: the color intensifies in cold weather to almost salmon. For the best color, plant the tree in full sun.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Rabbits