Acer palmatum Sango Kaku (syn. 'Senkaki') Aceracea
Coralbark Japanese Maple A-ser pal-MAY-tum
- 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).