About Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple)
This deciduous tree decorated with striking lime green leaves is called Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’. Its palmate shaped leaves grow from coral-red branches that darken in the winter, while its lime green foliage turns golden in the fall. Acer Sango Kaku is an upright low-branching tree reaching an average landscape size of 15-25′ by 15-20′. Purple flowers emerge in mid spring but are generally inconspicuous from afar. Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’ is known commonly as Coral Bark Japanese Maple in reference to both its origin and notable bark color.
Planting and Care Instructions
Plant Coral Bark Japanese Maple in slightly acidic soil in an area that receives full sun to partial shade. Note that new foliage can be scorched by the summer heat, especially if not watered regularly. Water regularly to maintain consistent soil moisture but allow soil to dry out slightly before re-watering. Fertilizer can be used in the spring before new growth and while pruning should be kept to a minimum it is best done in the winter.
Landscape Design Ideas
Coral Bark Japanese Maple can be planted as a peripheral tree or as the focal point to any landscape design. It works particularly well planted in rock or zen garden and even in contemporary landscape designs.
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