Acer 'Sango Kaku'

Award-winning Japanese maple, prized for it coral-red bark and fall color
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Features to Note


5 - 9

Mature Height

10 Feet

Mature Width

10 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance

Normal, loamy

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
5 - 9
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Royal Horticulturist Society Award of Garden Merit

Acer 'Sango Kaku', a coral bark Japanese maple, is a large deciduous shrub or small tree offering year-round interest, prized for its coral-red bark that looks almost fluorescent and extends the season of interest throughout winter. In early spring, Acer 'Sango Kaku' blooms in attractive, but insignificant, reddish-purple flowers as it begins to leaf out in 5-lobed yellow-green leaves with plum to red edging. As the young leaves expand, they become light green-yellow and retain their color throughout the growing season. Flowers give way to winged samaras that ripen in early fall as the leaves begin to turn bright yellow and beautifully highlight the red twigs and branches.

Acer 'Sango Kaku' has an upright, bushy, rounded habit, a vase-shaped canopy, and a slow to moderate growth rate. Acer 'Sango Kaku' is a perfect specimen plant, adding color and texture to the landscape, and fits nicely in mixed beds in smaller gardens.

Low maintenance, coral bark Japanese maple grows best in a sunny to dappled shade location with organically rich, moist, well-draining soil, having an average to slightly acidic pH. It tolerates a wide range of soils, including sand and heavy clay, but high pH soils may result in chlorosis, a yellowing or blanching of the leaves. It is drought tolerant as well as rabbit and black walnut resistant, making it a favored understory plant.


Item Form: 2-Gallon
Genus: Acer
Species: palmatum
Variety: 'Sango Kaku'
Category: Trees
Habit: Compact
USDA Zone Low: 5
USDA Zone High: 9
Bloom Color: Burgundy, Pink, Red
Max Bloom Size: 8.000000
Bloom Season Start: Early Spring
Bloom Season End: Mid Spring
Foliage Color: Light Green, Mix, Red, Yellow
Characteristics: Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Pruning Recommended
Uses: Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen
Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: expressShipping, overnightShipping
Discount Exempt: No



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