Botanical Name: Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku'
Common Name: Coral Bark Japanese Maple
Campus: CNW, KS
Notable Feature: The bark of the first and second year’s woody growth remains a bright coral-orange-red through the winter offering color in the winter landscape. The pink coloration is less pronounced to almost absent in summer.
Habit: A slow-growing, upright, vase-shaped form with twiggy stems. This deciduous tree will reach heights of 20’ or more with a narrower spread.
Flower: Small, reddish purple, cutely attractive flowers emerge in May with the new leaves; borne in stalked clusters. Species is monoecious (male and female flowers occur on same tree).
Fruit: Flowers are followed by two-winged seed pods (samaras) and ripen in fall.
Foliage: Two-inch, ferny, and deeply lobed leaves are a medium green all summer; in fall they turn a yellow-orange
Interesting fact: Shows to best advantage if properly sited, and against a pale background it is especially effective. The cultivar name means coral tower (sango meaning sea coral and kaku meaning towering) suggesting this pink-barked cultivar resembles coral rising upward from a reef.