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Coral Bark Maple 'Sango-kaku'

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Sango-kaku'

Also known as

Acer 'Sango Kaku'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Coral Bark Maple 'Sango-kaku' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' is a large shrub that develops into a bushy tree up to 6 meters in height. It has striking pink-red young branches from which its leaves emerge yellow-pink, turning to green in the summer and then to yellow in autumn. It produces insignificant red flowers in spring that develop into winged fruit. Also known as Coral Bark Maple, it has striking bright red bark which stands out - particularly in winter - and makes this lovely tree a great all-rounder. It likes a sheltered position in partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than the alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted or container-grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance, architectural plant, Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyards, rock gardens and Japanese style gardens. This cultivar has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit'.

Common problems with Coral Bark Maple 'Sango-kaku'

How to propagate Coral Bark Maple 'Sango-kaku'


By grafting or softwood cuttings.


Special features of Coral Bark Maple 'Sango-kaku'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Winter colour

Other uses of Coral Bark Maple 'Sango-kaku'

Grown for all year round ornamental interest.