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These Japanese Maples really add value to your home. They add elegance and grace to any landscape, and since they grow up to only 15 ft., you can plant them just about anywhere.

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Bright Red Bark & Neon Green Leaves

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If you’re in need of a tree that does it all, the Coral Bark Japanese Maple will suit your needs!

Even in the Winter this tree stands out from the rest.  The striking red bark makes a statement in an otherwise boring winter landscape. Its foliage is mostly green with reddish-pink tinges of color at first, then turning into medium green for the summer season and finally taking on autumn-like hues of fiery red, bright yellow and rusty orange in late summer. A must have for any garden! 

This compact version fits anywhere! It grows to approximately 15-25 feet tall with a smaller width.  Plant it as an accent tree along your foundation, or even put it in a container and grow it on your patio.

‘Sango Kaku’ loves sun to part shade, prefers moist well-drained soil, and is heat tolerant. Coral Bark Japanese Maples are hardy in zones 5-8.

This tree makes a wonderful focal point, can be planted in groups and is great near porches, entryways, and decks. The dazzling display of seasonal colors is well worth it the wait.



Growing Zones: 4-9

Mature Height: 15-25 ft.
Mature Width: 10-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Tolerant
Botanical Name: Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 4-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Coral Bark Japanese Maple.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Coral Bark Japanese Maple gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Coral Bark Japanese Maple again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Beautiful maple tree
Very pretty leaf and orange bark. Unfortunately, did not make it through last winter. Very cold winter in Oregon's Willamette Valley last year. I don't recommend this tree in harsher winter climates Other Japanese maples have done just fine though.
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October 14, 2014
over 2 years ago
Bought this tree last year and it was fine, but didn't survive the winter
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December 31, 2012
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Beautiful Tree
We ordered this tree to provide shade from the western sun on our new back patio about a year ago. While it has not had the time to grow into a shade tree, it has put forth a lot of new growth, has survived a hot Mississippi summer, and is a beautiful addition to the bed. The bark has been more green than red so far, but the tree is still very pretty.
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September 17, 2014
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Perfect choice!
We purchased 2 - 1 each side of our front porch. We wanted some color and medium height in the front shrub beds. And we got what we ordered. The trees are still young but are growing well and very evident they will do exactly what we wanted.
K. Smith, SC
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Would not purchase
The Tree arrived in decent condition. It was smaller than I expected though and the graft was done poorly. The stress of the shipping and the heat wave that followed after planting was too much for this guy. I struggled to keep him going for several months, but it finally died. I saw the same trees sold at costco for less money in better condition and larger to begin with. I would not buy from this web-site again.
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My proposed site for this tree is my front entry landing which gets sun all morning but no afternoon. What size of pot and how tall do you think it will then grow here in Charlotte, NC zone 7b. I need to prune it in such a way that it will not obstruct traffic in and out of the doorway. Will this tree work for me?
John H on Jul 5, 2014
We live in zone 8 Northeast TX. is it OK to Plant the Coral Bark Japanese Maple in Aug or should we wait and plant later in the year? Mike S. August 8,2014
Mike S on Aug 8, 2014
Best Answer: It's best to plant in the early Spring or early Fall. However if you aren't experiencing scorching hot temperatures in the 90's or above it will be fine to go ahead and plant now.
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does this tree come taller ?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2014
Best Answer: Not that we are aware of however, it is a fast growing tree. Very hardy and beautiful.
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We live in Lake Placid, Fl, not sure if it is our zone, looks like it is on the border?.Thanks for your response.
Wendy D on Aug 2, 2014
Best Answer: My coral bark Japanese maple is kept as a potted plant. I live in Jupiter, Florida which is in zone 10. This plant needs some chilling conditions during the winter for approximately one month. These conditions do not normally occur in Jupiter - one to two weeks periodically during the winter at best. Therefore, my wife chills the tree in a refrigerator for about a month at 38 degrees which is why we have kept it potted. Our tree is thriving here and is absolutely beautiful!
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How old are most of the Japanese Maples?
wallmaster on Jan 19, 2015
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Does a pre-pruned tree come with the planting kit and how tall would the tree be that I receive?
David R on Nov 3, 2014
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Will the Coral Bark Japanese Maple grow well in Denton TX? Pensacola FL?
Jim C on May 26, 2015
Best Answer: I live in New York City (Zone 7), so I cannot comment about the tree's ability to thrive in more southern climates.
We planted our tree in a very large container, and it did well the first season. It had some difficulty over the 2013-2014 winter, but managed to revive itself last spring. It didn't make it through the 2014-2015 winter... at this point, there are only a few leaves poking through the soil at the base of the trunk, but the trunk itself is a goner.
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What is the growing rate pre year?
Edward S on Sep 2, 2014
Best Answer: I have had mine for just over a year. They (I have two) have grown perhaps two feet in that time. But they look great.
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what time of year to plant, we are in zone 7?
Paula M on Oct 14, 2014
Best Answer: I had two that failed to survive, I planted one in the spring and one in the fall. neither one made it
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What kind of potting mix should I use when planting this tree into a container?
Jane C on Aug 20, 2014
Best Answer: Planted mine into the soil, so I cannot answer with any knowledge. It did not make it through the winter in the ground.
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What is in the planter kit you offer?
Jane C on Aug 20, 2014
Best Answer: The planting kit contains planting mix ideal for the Coral Bark Japanese Maple, fertilizer tablets and a tree guard to protect the trunk.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 22, 2014
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What kind of planting mix should I use to put this plant into a pot?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2014
Best Answer: Use a well balanced organic planting mix.
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I have a somewhat small front yard and this looks like a good size. However I live in northern California zone 9 and this spot gets hot afternoon sun. And does it require much water?
Janet on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: The Coral Bark Japanese Maple is a drought tolerant tree that doesn't require as much water as other trees. Once the soil dries to the touch down about two inches then it's time to give your tree a deep watering.
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the planting mix for Japanese Maple can be used in any Japanese Maple?
jardinera on Jan 19, 2015
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In bismarck North Dakota Do you plant coral Japanese maple tree in spring or in the fall ?
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