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Coral Bark Japanese Maple for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
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While all Japanese maple trees hold a distinct beauty, the cultivar we call coral bark Japanese maple, or Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku,' stands out from the rest in more ways than one. First, as the name implies, the bark of this small tree can have an intense red color. This plant also develops a narrower canopy and a slightly more upright form than other Japanese maple varieties. To top it all off, the vibrant foliage colors the coral bark Japanese maple tree boasts in autumn make it an even more unique and valuable addition to your garden. 

  • The bark on newer growth is a deep red color.
  • The coral bark Japanese maple tree has a graceful upright form compared to other cultivars.
  • It boasts strong orange and red fall foliage hues.

Plant Care

Sunlight

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This Japanese maple tree survives in both full sunlight and partial sunlight.

Watering

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Water about once per week in most cases. Water newly planted trees every day.

Fertilizing

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Feed once per year with a balanced fertilizer or one with lower nitrogen.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on June 1, 2022

Planting instructions

Extreme heat and freezing winds pose a threat to the foliage of newly planted coral bark Japanese maples. You’ll want to protect your tree from both these threats when choosing a planting location by avoiding places that are open to excessive sun exposure in warmer months and freezing winds in late winter. This tree will also adapt most quickly if the soil in your planting area is high in organic matter, moist but well-draining, and somewhat acidic. When these conditions are in place, plant your tree in a hole that is at least twice as wide as the root ball.

Watering and nutrients

After you plant your coral bark Japanese maple tree, give it water once per day for the first few weeks, then reduce your watering schedule to once every few days. Once the tree has established itself successfully, it usually won’t need water more than once per week in the growing season. Fertilize your coral bark Japanese maple once per season in the early spring. Use a fertilizer that has lower volumes of all three main nutrients, especially nitrogen, as fertilizers of higher potency are more likely to cause quick but weak new growth for this tree.

Pollination

Like all popular Japanese maple varieties, the coral bark Japanese maple blooms in spring with flowers that are so small that you’ll likely fail to notice them. These flowers arrive just after the leaves and can have a purple color. One tree will hold both male and female reproductive structures, which makes insect pollination easy, leading to the development of this plant’s fruits, a set of dangling winged samara that are each less than an inch long.

Pruning

Coral bark Japanese maples won’t need pruning during their first few years of life, and their pruning needs remain low throughout their entire lifespan. In some instances, pruning this tree too much can be a detriment; it prompts the tree to quickly send out new growth which often ends up being weak and detracting from the beauty of this plant’s natural form. If you prune this plant, do so in spring, and be sure to be minimal with your branch removal.

Pests, diseases, and animals

Japanese maple trees can face many insect problems, including infestations of Japanese beetles and numerous insects that will attack the leaves and bark. Along with those insect-related issues, infections can also occur in a coral bark Japanese maple tree. The harmful fungus known as Botrytis can harm this plant, as can some leaf-damaging bacteria like anthracnose. You should also watch out for problems like tip blight, leaf spots, and browning foliage, the last of which is often the result of overwatering.

Achieving maximum results

One of the downsides of the coral bark Japanese maple is that it is often less heat-tolerant than other Japanese maple cultivars. This problem is most noticeable in the southern portions of this plant’s range. If you live in those areas, aim to grow this plant in partial shade exclusively, rather than full sun. Compared to other Japanese maples, the coral bark Japanese maple can also be a bit more twiggy in its branching habit. This less-robust habit emphasizes the need to be judicious in how you stimulate new growth via pruning.

FAQs

Can a coral bark Japanese maple tree live in full sun?

A coral bark Japanese maple tree can survive in full sunlight if it lives in a colder region. In warmer areas, this cultivar may struggle to survive in full sun exposure during the summer months. Partial sunlight is far more advantageous in such settings, as it prevents the coral bark Japanese maple from experiencing scorch and drying out overall. Even if you live in a cooler zone, if you grow this tree in full sunlight, you should consider giving it more water during heat waves to prevent excessively dry conditions.

What color are a coral bark Japanese maple's leaves?

Although the bark of a coral bark Japanese maple is often the main attraction, the foliage is also noteworthy and shows a dynamic color change throughout the year. In spring, the leaves emerge with a reddish tinge, then become light green through the summer. In fall, the leaves are most impressive. They are primarily golden or orange, with subtle hints of red.

How large does a coral bark Japanese maple grow?

A coral bark Japanese maple will grow to be about as tall as most other Japanese maple varieties. At maturity, you can expect a maximum height of between 20 and 30 feet. The spreads of other Japanese maples often match their heights. However, this is not the case for the coral bark Japanese maple. It is more upright and narrow, with a maximum spread of around 15 to 20 feet wide.

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Customer Reviews

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 15, 2021 at 12:44am
ratingCoral bark Japanese maple

Looking good, now let's wait

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 5, 2021 at 4:20pm
ratingsurvey

so far very good

Anonymous
Verified Buyer April 19, 2021 at 7:31pm
ratingCoral Bark

Overall a good experience. Although the top branches were missing leaves, and by the looks of them could possibly be trying to recover from shipping stress or drought, but all and all the tree seems to be weathering it's recent shipping woes. Time will tell.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer March 29, 2021 at 4:07pm
ratingCoral bark maple

Tree arrived in a timely manner, and looks nice and healthy.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer January 19, 2021 at 4:31pm
ratingGreat tree

Love the tree, can't wait for it's spring foliage.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 19, 2020 at 3:38pm
ratingThe coral bark young trees

The coral bark young trees came in excellent condtion

Mature height
15-25 ft.
Mature width
10-12 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Best color- Part Shade Tolerates Full Sun in cooler regions
Growth rate
Moderate
Botanical name
Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'
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Grows Well In Zones
5-8
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Growing Zones: 5-8 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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