Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'
Common name: 
Coralbark Japanese Maple
A-ser pal-MAY-tum
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, 20-25 ft (6-7.5 m), upright, twiggy, numerous stems.   Bark on young stems a brilliant coral in the fall and winter.   As branches mature, color is lost, only the 1st and 2nd year growth shows the rich coloration.  Leaves simple, opposite, 4-5 cm long, 5-7 lobes, doubly serrate, new leaves reddish, becoming light green in summer, and yellow and light red in fall.
  • Sun to part shade, well-drained soil; protect from winds.  Highly susceptible to bacterial blight (Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae).
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5   Introduced into Europe by Daisy Hill Nurseries, Ireland (van Geldren and van Geldren, 1999)
  • Sango Kaku: Japanese, "coral pillars" (Jacobson, 1996).
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  • plant habit, winter

    plant habit, winter

  • branches, winter

    branches, winter

  • branches, spring

    branches, spring

  • older branches and trunk

    older branches and trunk

  • plant habit, fall, young tree

    plant habit, fall, young tree

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • plant habit, fall, older tree

    plant habit, fall, older tree