Trees, Shrubs and Woodies, Oh My!

Branches Of Red, It Doesn’t Mean It’s Dead

Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’, otherwise known as the Coral Bark Maple, is one of the most breathtaking Japanese Maples you can opt to plant in your yard.

Sago Kaku Japanese Maple, Coral Bark Maple For Those Less WordyUnlike most Japanese Maples that only give you a great show when it has leaves (typically those dark-red leaves) the Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’ will jump out at you all year long. Spires of remarkable red branches fan out from red trunk, which will eventually weather to an amazing dark red with fissures. All of the new growth of this tree will be the brightest red on the plant, and then as the wood ages – it fades to deeper shades of red.

Imagine if you had a crayon box full of red crayons and were to draw a tree in the winter using only these colors – then you would have an Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’ (Coral Bark Maple, we’re trying to get make you learn brainy speak)

Don’t be mistaken, throughout the leafy season these are still quite remarkable  having palmate leaves that dance in the wind like a reed in the summer breeze.

The ‘Sangokaku’ will reach a mature height of around 20′ tall and wide, give it space. One day you’ll have a fantastic picnic under it.

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