Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'

Coral Bark Maple




Family: Sapindaceae

Genus: Acer

Parent: Acer palmatum

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 15 (25') tall, 10 (20' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade


Needs good pruning when young to ensure that light filters through and to get a good branch structure for the winter. Winter interest is the red color on young stems. Light yellow green leaf color, fading to gold with some red edging in autumn. Very upright stems. Non-dissected, green-leaf type.


= 'Senkaki'

First record of cultivation is 1882. RHS Award of Garden Merit 2002, Award of Merit 1950.

'Sango' = coral in Japanese

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 2 gallon plant from Wayside Gardens in summer 2008 and potted it up to a large container. I planted it in the back behind the garage in summer 2009. It struggles with the sun in the summer but had beautiful bright red stems in winter. The trunk was damaged and in 2011 I moved it to the Almost Shade Garden and heeled it in until I could decide what to do with it. In summer 2012 the main trunk died and a side branch was all that was left. In spring 2013 I moved it to the Gumball Border Garden.

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