Coral Bark Japanese Maple

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Showy, Fiery, Versatile Coral Bark Japanese Maple

  • Vibrant, Coral-Red Bark on Young Stems
  • Four Seasons of Interest
  • Attractive, Finely Dissected Foliage with Reddish Leaf Margins
  • Smaller in Stature and Very Versatile
  • Easy to Grow
  • Hardy Across a Wide Range of Zones

If you need a brilliant accent in your landscape, you need a Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'). You'll love it every time you step into your yard.

Who doesnt love Japanese Maple trees? This is an incredible variety with beautifully ornamental features. A small tree, Coral Bark Japanese Maple offers an outstanding display and so much character.

It just takes one glance to understand how the Coral Bark Japanese Maple earned its name. Also known as the Sango Kaku Japanese Maple, it's widely admired for its bright red bark. The intense reds turn up the volume to a fiery pitch as the temperatures plummet for the winter months.

The winter bark of the younger thinner branches exhibits an electric, fluorescent, coral color. It might literally knock your socks off!

This red character comes from showy red sap flowing inside the tree, which gives that amazing color of the bright red bark. The sap also displays on the elegant foliage in spring and summer.

Lovely grass green leaves are dissected with seven deep palmate lobes. As you might imagine, the color almost glows against the red bark, and the characteristic sap displays as a reddish margin through spring and summer.

Strikingly intricate leaves provide a lovely, dappled shade. But this four-season stunner features vibrant hues all year. In fall, the leaves turn a beautifully luminous, rich golden-orange.

Its in winter when its leaves fall away in winter, that this tree truly shines. You'll never tire of admiring the crimson branches of the winter bark.

This impressive tree attracts a lot of attention but is easy-care when given the right growing conditions. This graceful maple will delight you season after season, year after year.

Order today, as we quickly sell out of this selection.

How to Use Coral Bark Japanese Maple in the Landscape

Use this small tree somewhere it can be viewed up close and personal. Dont forget to add outdoor lighting to your design plans. Try uplighting Coral Bark Japanese Maple at night. Youll create welcome summertime drama and highlight the fantastic winter color, too.

If you want to show off your Coral Bark Japanese Maple, you can plant it near your entryway as a magnificent specimen. Add a burst of red to your woodland garden, or near your patio, with several of these easy-to-manage beauties.

Coral Bark Japanese Maples make a great focal point in a Garden Room or backyard planting. Create a small group with several trees to screen out imposing neighbors or unsightly views. Keep the lower branches on in a privacy application.

You can also use a group of three plants in a wide, sweeping berm.

Use it as a specimen tree, or as an anchor at the corner of a foundation planting. Its easy to tuck these into out-of-the-way spots in your yard to create a delightful destination feature at the end of a dramatic, winding garden path.

Of course, it can become a focal point in a Japanese Garden. Or, use it to give shade and a beautiful object to study in a modern Meditation Garden.

Try them in very large containers as a versatile accent, just about anywhere in the landscape. Why not command attention immediately with one placed on either side flanking an entryway? Enjoy setting your stage with gorgeous Coral Bark Japanese Maples. You can't go wrong!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Coral Bark Japanese Maple in partial sun to full sun. It performs best in moist, slightly acidic, mulched, well-drained soil.

Coral Bark Maple appreciates some shade from the hot afternoon sun in warmer climates. Give it a protected site out of the worst of the wind in colder climates if you can.

Give Coral Bark Maple a moderate amount of regular water. Make sure you include a thick mulch over the top of the roots to help keep the roots evenly moist and a bit cooler. As with all plants, pull back the mulch from around the trunk of the tree by an inch or two.

Prune late winter when dormant, before it begins to grow for the season. Like most woody plants, its a good idea to thin out the inside of the canopy for better sunlight and air circulation.

Study the tree before you start. Decide which branches youll keep, in order to give it a bit of character. Maybe you will like keeping the lowest branches on the tree, so don't be in a hurry to remove them. Take your time when pruning!

This magnificent small tree sells out very quickly. Sign up to receive an email notification if were out of stock. Place your order now if we have it in inventory. Order today!

Single Stem, Multi Stem, Shrub Form, Oh My!

Before you buy, make sure you know what youre getting! Single stem, multi stem and shrub forms are different so read a bit about which were currently offering below.

Single Stem: 

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching. Sometimes, you will hear a single stem referred to as Tree Form.

Multi Stem:

These are plants with 3, 4, and sometimes 5 or more stems planted together in the ground in close proximity to form a clump. There are times multi stems are formed by a tree that branches at the soil line with more than one main stem. 

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Coral Bark Japanese Maple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'
Mature Height 20 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green, Yellow, Red
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes