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Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’

Acer Palmatum Sango Kaku

You won't miss it half way through the specimen lawn

This is one of the best Japanese maples, as it looks fabulous all year round. In spring the leaves are a lively pinkish green, turning a rich green in summer and then soft shades of canary yellow with orange highlights in autumn. In winter the bark on all its younger shoots and branches are a conspicuous coral red.

The cultivar name means coral tower (sango meaning sea coral and kaku meaning tower/upward growing) as if to suggest this pink-barked cultivar resembles coral rising upward from a reef.

In Japanese folklore, passing a child through the branches of a Maple tree is said to bring good health, success and wealth.


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AGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information




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