Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'

Family: Aceraceae.
Landscape value: A well known Japanese Maple cultivar with unusual coral pink young stems that create a striking effect, especially in winter. This feature and the superb yellow to apricot autumn foliage make it an elegant tree ideal for protected areas of gardens and parks.
Height: 6 metres.
Width: 5 metres.
Growth rate: Slow to moderate.
Habit: 'Vase' shaped, multi-stemmed small tree.
Foliage: Light green, five lobed, flat leaves with red petioles. The lobes are rounded and tapered to a sharp point and have a doubly serrate margin. The autumn colours are brilliant yellow with an apricot-orange tinge. Leaves can occasionally have seven to nine lobes.
Flowers: Insignificant small red flowers in spring.
Bark: The young stems are bright coral pink to red which intensifies and becomes more obvious in the dormant period. Older branches gradually become brown with attractive green striations.
Tolerances: Adaptable to a range of soil types once established, but prefers a moist, well drained soil.
Comments: Should not be planted in exposed areas where hot summer winds may stress the tree and leaves may suffer scorch in very hot sun. Synonymous with Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’.
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All tree sizes are an estimate of the tree dimensions at 20 years.