Happy Thursday! We have a new series called “Plant of the Week”, where we highlight a unique plant once a week. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite!

Today we’re looking at the Coral Bark Japanese Maple, also known as Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’. This tree is striking due to its lime green summer leaves, orange fall leaves, and bark that turns red in winter. Instead of appearing gloomy like other trees during cold weather, Coral Bark Japanese Maple has visual appeal year round.

It does best in partial sun (with afternoon shade to protect the leaves from scorching). This maple is cold hardy, making it good for North Louisiana winters. It prefers slightly acidic or neutral, well draining soil, and should be watered during drought. They can grow up to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide.

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