Coral Bark Japanese Maple

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (3 - 8 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 20 - 25 Feet
  • Mature Spread 15 - 20 Feet
  • Growing Zones 6 - 8

If you’re looking for a tree that will add color and interest to your yard year round, the coral bark Japanese maple is the one for you. Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’ is a slow-growing Japanese maple that provides interest 365 days a year. In the spring and summer, its foliage is light yellow to almost neon green. The leaves will transform into a brilliant yellow or salmon-red color once autumn rolls around. And even after it drops its last leaves for the season, the tree’s bark will start intensifying in color, flaunting a beautiful dark pink hue. 

Native to Japan, Korea, China, Eastern Mongolia and Southeast Russia, this tree will bring continuous beauty to your landscape. Moreover, this deciduous tree is adaptable and slow growing. While it’s generally disease resistant, it may suffer from horse chestnut scale, aphids, and verticillium wilt. It’s also drought tolerant and low maintenance. If you’re looking for protection from winter winds, this tree is for you.

Coral Bark Japanese Maple Plant Care

Japanese maples prefer well-drained but moist soil that is neutral to slightly acidic and nutrient rich. However, they are adaptable to a variety of soils. Your tree will benefit from a thick mulching. Provide it with about 2-3 inches of mulch when you plant it, but don’t let the mulch touch the trunk because this increases the chances of pests and diseases. This tree should be watered enough to keep the soil moist. Never let the soil dry out completely and don’t oversaturate the soil either. Your tree will do well in full sun to part shade. Your tree may experience some leaf scorch when young, especially if it is not receiving enough water. However, this will not affect the health of your tree. Fertilize your tree in the early spring or when planting it. It’s best to use a slow-release fertilizer or a well-balanced tree and shrub fertilizer. Mix the fertilizer into the soil before placing your tree in the hole—this will help you avoid burning the young roots. 

This plant doesn’t need a lot of pruning, but if you do choose to prune, make sure to do it when it is dormant. You can remove any dead, dying or crowded branches. You can also use pruning to maintain your desired shape. After the first year, cut off branches to establish a dominant leader. Every year thereafter, work to establish form by cutting off intersecting branches that point inward or intersections that are too sharply angled. 

Coral Bark Japanese Maple Plant Spacing

This tree grows up to 20-25 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide, so make sure to keep this in mind when planting, giving it plenty of space. These can make good ornamental understory trees.

Coral Bark Japanese Maple Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 - 8
Plant Type: Trees
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (3 - 8 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 20 - 25 Feet
Mature Spread: 15 - 20 Feet
Spacing: 15 - 20 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Light Green
Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest
Watering: Low
Resists: Disease, Pests & Insects
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Container Role:
Uses: Edging, Specimen or Focal Point
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Common Name: Coral Bark Japanese Maple
Other Name(s): Coral Bark
Scientific Name: Acer pal. 'Sango Kaku'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.