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Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

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Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

10-12 ft.


Full Sun


12-15 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

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Bright Red Bark & Neon Green Leaves

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.

New stems emerge with a brilliant red color and over 2-3 years will gradually turn dark grey.

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.

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Customer Reviews

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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.
June 2, 2015
over 2 years ago
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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.
October 14, 2014
over 4 years ago
Bought this tree last year and it was fine, but didn't survive the winter
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
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.
September 17, 2014
Jackson, MS
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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
November 16, 2014
over 2 years ago
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Love it. It is starting to get new foliage, so excited to watch it over the next year. Been wanting one for a long time, finally found one affordable!
August 1, 2016
8 months ago
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Not quite sure about this tree yet. We planted it even though it looks very fragile. It seems like it's growing but the tops of the new sprouts look like they are getting burnt. Keeping an eye on it.
July 17, 2016
9 months ago
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I hope it survives its first upcoming winter!
Seemed like a frail twig once I opened the shipping box.
October 22, 2016
6 months ago
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Japanese Maple on South Lawn
I planted this Maple during the early summer. I have planted with fertilizer (time release) and have watered once-twice a week. It is slow growing but hoping for strong root growth during this fall and winter months.
October 16, 2016
11 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Its just a beautiful tree mine stands about 6 feet tall after about 3 yrs. I have a friend in California after 20 yres his stood about 25 feet tall and just gorgeous
Corbet P on Dec 26, 2016
It looks like a pretty tree, I have a need for a smallish shade tree up near the plant bed close to the house. The size and shape of this tree look like it should fit well, provide the needed shade, but NOT grow over the gutters or house.
Brian W on Sep 20, 2016
Its just a beautiful tree mine stands about 6 feet tall after about 3 yrs. I have a friend in California after 20 yres his stood about 25 feet tall and just gorgeous
Corbet P on Dec 26, 2016
To have a unique potted tree on my deck.
Connie S on Oct 16, 2016
It looks like a pretty tree, I have a need for a smallish shade tree up near the plant bed close to the house. The size and shape of this tree look like it should fit well, provide the needed shade, but NOT grow over the gutters or house.
Brian W on Sep 20, 2016
My wife was intrigued by the extraordinary appearance of the bark and its contrast with the leaves.
Michael R on Sep 10, 2016
visual enjoyment and front yard show peice
David M on Sep 10, 2016
One of my Tulip Popular trees died and I decided to replace it.
Larry C on Aug 25, 2016
Pretty - will use for accent trees.
Carol B on Aug 22, 2016
Color contrast
Cynthia M on Aug 18, 2016
I like the bark
Cecilia R on Aug 17, 2016
I think this tree is the prettiest tree I have ever seen. The contrast in the two colors together are stunning. The price is right and no shipping charge!
Marco L on Aug 14, 2016
unique color & style
Ingrid D on Aug 12, 2016
In memory of my brother
Mike J on Aug 9, 2016
Saw one at a local store but didn't buy it at that time.
Robert K on Jul 30, 2016
Beauty of the tree
P L on Jul 23, 2016
Unique looking and colorful... I believe these will look beautiful at the corners of our back deck to jazz up our back yard
Chad M on Jul 10, 2016
couple of these were planted at my office. They are gorgeous.
Pamela F on Jul 1, 2016
Nice accent for my front yard
Geronimo G on Jun 28, 2016
I chose to go with this bright colored tree because my house is gray and it needs something to pop.
Lisa K on Jun 19, 2016
unusual distinctive look for my flower garden
Larry D on Jun 18, 2016
I chose this because of the contrasting colors and the silky elegant look it provides my planter.
Brian W on Mar 31, 2016
To have a unique potted tree on my deck.
Connie S on Oct 16, 2016
My wife was intrigued by the extraordinary appearance of the bark and its contrast with the leaves.
Michael R on Sep 10, 2016
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
what time of year to plant, we are in zone 7?
Paula M on Oct 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in the spring.
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.
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.
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!
Mississippi gulf coast and full sun. Will it grow?
A T on Oct 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would think your weather is very much like mine here in Lafayette, La., so yes it should grow for you as it has grown well for us. I'm not sure how much foliage color you will get due to mild temps though. We have gotten pretty good color but hope to do better should we have a colder fall and winter. Good luck!
Can this tree grow in pot ?
Brenda W on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Our's is planted in a planters box at our entry and is doing great.
Can't answer about a pot you'll have to ask someone from the nursery.

Michael tasker
Full Sun? Really? Everything I am reading says to protect from wind and not full sun- it needs shade in the afternoon and eve. How is this Full sun?
Tina C on Jun 23, 2016
Purchased one in 2014. Is in a 6 hour a day sun location. Is doing fine except may be growing slower then would be with less sun. Is a very pretty tree and we love it.
Considering this as an outdoor Bonsai tree. Does anyone have an opinion on this?
Matt C on Sep 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It does appear to be a lot slower growing than my autumn blaze maple tree. However it takes heat and excess water very well. Planted mine in May and since then we've had 20+ inches of rain we wouldn't normally expect in KS and a month of temperatures greater than 105 degrees. The bark and leaf shape is attractive.
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.
I live in Charleston County, SC., zone 9. Will this tree be viable in my area? We are on a marsh area, off a creek, not ocean front.
Catie on Sep 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Can'take really say for sure about your area, since I have never lived/planted trees there. I live in Lafayette, LA. I do not live near a marsh or bayou, but generally we have very rainy springs to mid summer, and also very rainy late fall through mid winter. Very hot and humid from late May until mid Oct. Our Japanese maples, from Fast Growing Trees, have done very well here. In terms of color, they have done well, but I know they would really pop if we had colder temps in fall and winter. But just in terms of annual growth we have been very very pleased.
Will the Coral Bark Japanese Maple grow well in Denton TX? Pensacola FL?
Jim C on May 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: All I can say is my Coral Bark is doing well here in Pittsburgh PA. Got through the winter just fine.
How close to the house foundation can I plant this tree in zone 8? 5-6' since that's what it's mature width will be?
Kate D on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The mature width is 10-12 feet. I would plant at least 6 feet from a structure.
In bismarck North Dakota Do you plant coral Japanese maple tree in spring or in the fall ?
Jean W on Sep 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Spring or Fall would be a good time to plant.
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.
What kind of potting mix should I use when planting this tree into a container?
Jane C on Aug 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I planted the tree into the ground but used miracle gro potting soil. The tree is growing pretty healthy!
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.
Our tree starts dropping leaves really early, while the leaves are still green?
Marilyn E on Jun 8, 2016

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