Acer palmatum 'Sango kaku' (Coral Bark Japanese Maple)
A small vase-shaped tree, the wintertime red and pink bark on young branches are its best features. As with most reddish barked maples, in cool moist areas it suffers from blight if it is fertilized too late in spring. Moreover, as the tree ages, its coral bark appeal diminishes. Since it is so popular, grow it for its youthful appeal, but offer your clients a few improved versions of this long-time classic.
Knockout pink-orange new growth on lime-yellow older growth makes Carl Munn’s selection an enduring contribution to horticulture in a field already crowded with too many marginally different Japanese maple varieties. Moonrise is very hardy and a much tougher plant than ‘Aureum’, withstanding -26°F in Chicago and also adapted if in the shade in Dallas/Fort Worth. The amazing orange spring and summer foliage sets this selection apart as absolutely different. Order early to assure an annual supply.