'Sango Kaku's' bright coral colored bark is one of many outstanding features of this maple. Its Japanese name means "Coral Tower". At times the bark color becomes almost fluorescent. This highly sought after cultivar is always in high demand because of its striking and unique coloration. The colors seem to brighten in the fall and intensify even more as when winter approaches. The leaf color is a striking light green which looks even brighter set upon the beautiful coral colored bark. The leaves have a strong reddish tinge which tends to fade out as the leaves mature. As summer approaches the thin-textured leaves turn an even lighter shade of green. The leaves turn a yellow-golden color in the fall. Some Japanese maple experts feel that this cultivar is not as impressive in the fall as it is throughout all the other seasons. The exceptions to this are in the Pacific Northwest and Europe where 'Sango Kaku' is quite "showy" almost every fall. This upright-growing tree gradually spreads at the top as it ages. 'Sango Kaku' grows rapidly for the first few years then takes on a branching out and thickening habit of growth. When 'Sango Kaku' is planted near contrasting colors it makes a striking color combination for winter accent. Recommended by the United States Arboretum. Awards: Award of Merit and Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.