Acer Palmatum Senkaki

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Acer Palmatum Senkaki

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  • Spectacular upright Japanese Maple
  • Brilliant red stems – known as “Coral Bark” Maple
  • Fresh light green foliage contrasts against attractive bark
  • Stunning Autumn foliage colour change
  • Ideal for large planter pots


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Acer Palmatum Senkaki, or Coral Bark Maple, is a spectacular and ever-popular upright maple tree. It features fresh light green foliage that transitions to golden-yellow with hints of red in Autumn. However, its most striking feature is the brilliant coral-red bark, which intensifies in colour during the colder months. This tree offers year-round interest and is suitable for large planter pots, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a standout ornamental piece in their landscape.


Product Specifications

  • Common Name: Coral Bark Maple, Senkaki
  • Mature Height: 5-6 meters
  • Mature Width: 4-5 meters
  • Foliage: Light green leaves transitioning to golden-yellow with red hints in Autumn
  • Form/Habit: Upright, vase-shaped form
  • Uses: Ornamental feature / specimen tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Soil: Range of soil conditions but best in well-draining soil
  • Drought Hardy: Moderate
  • Sun: Prefers full sun to partial shade; protection from harsh afternoon sun enhances foliage health
  • Maintenance: Low, no pruning required unless you want to open up the shape to a canopy
  • Planter Suitability: Yes


Commonly Asked Questions

Will the foliage on Senkaki change during Autumn? 

The leaves on Senkaki maples will change from vibrant green to yellow / orange / red tones. Please note that colour change can differ from year to year; it will also depend on your plant’s health and the plants.


Are Senkaki Japanese Maples suitable for planter pots?

Yes, they are. Be sure to select a pot with plenty of room for the plant to grow; you may find the pot size needs to be increased in a few years. Please note that, like with all plants, they will grow quicker in the ground than in a pot; however if you have a small garden, courtyard, or paved area or are in a rental property, this can be a good thing, depending on your needs. Please ensure you use quality soil in your pot, slow-release fertilisers, and keep up the watering, as pots dry out more quickly than ground planting.


Do I need to prune my Japanese Maple?

There is no need to prune your Maple; just sit back and enjoy the glorious natural form of your Japanese Maple. Pruning can be effective if you want to open your Maple into a specific canopy shape. Otherwise, it’s best left alone to Mother Nature.