Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Deciduous Tree

Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' is an upright, vase-shaped deciduous tree to 15 to 18 feet with distinctive red stems that are most notable on juvenile growth and a sought-after feature for winter interest. Fall color is yellow. In northern part of its range, it will tolerate afternoon sun, but otherwise it's best in part shade and protected from hot afternoon sun which may burn its foliage.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even


Size: 180 - 300 tall x 120 - 180 wide
Shape / Form: Upright, Vase
Foliage Texture: Fine, Medium
Foliage Quality: Fine, Medium

Features: Fall Color, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Green
Fall Color: Yellow, Yellow / Gold

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Mixed Border, Small Gardens, Structure / Foundation

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Late Spring / Early Summer, Late Summer / Early Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: canopy
Collections: Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos