Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’: Coral Bark Maple


Leaves from a Coral Bark Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’) bleached from winter. Laid where they fell. An imprint of last year.

I worry for my maple. It took some serious winter damage this year. To what extent? Only time will tell. This tree has been with me for over 2 years. Is was a tiny sapling when I picked it up at Tree fest for a dollar.

I’d be sad to see it go. Here’s hoping I don’t have to!


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10 comments on “Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku’: Coral Bark Maple

  1. We went through 2 “sangokakus”. My husband’s sister had a gorgeous one that we fell in love with so she baught us one for our first anniversary. It only lasted one year, so we got another one that we had for about seven years before sustaining winter damage. I kept it up anyway since I had a bird feeder right next to it, and planted morning glory to climb all over it till it finally fell over from the weight.
    We moved three years ago & getting another sangokaku is defiantely on the “wish list”, they are just so gorgeous!!

    • I couldn’t believe my luck when I cam upon the sapling, maybe two inches tall at a plant sale for a dollar! I’ve been worrying about it ever sense. If I lose it, I will be replacing it!

  2. John Markowski on said:

    I love that tree! Hope it holds up for you.

    • Hoping has gotten it through some pretty crazy winters to date! So I’ll be keeping that up 🙂 Fingers crossed and everything!

  3. Me mutha has a Sangoo-kac-koo (my spelling – definitely one of the funner plants to pronounce, badly) that’s been growing well in very dry conditions for over 20 years. Every year it sustains tip dieback. Sometimes whole 6ft long branches but it keeps coming back and looks beautiful despite the damage. This is in Seattle though, much warmer than where you live I imagine.

    Hope yours survives, beautiful tree!

    • That’s good to know. Thank you James. I did sustain tip damage & some small limbs took it for the cause. I’m hoping mine bounces back as well as you Mom’s did. We have a very similar climate here. Port Coquitlam may sound a world away, but really we’re just a suburb of Vancouver BC.

  4. Marguerite on said:

    Funny I just read another post on this same tree. How beautiful they are when full grown – I had no idea. No wonder you’re worried about your little tree, they are such a beautiful addition to the yard.

    • They are really a nice little specimen tree. These grey washed leaves really don’t show off the plants best features, which is the bark colour. Nice especially in winter.

  5. Those leaves are exquisite (and so is the photograph itself!). No wonder you want your little tree to make it. Fingers crossed here! 🙂

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