Winter Beauty: The Coral Bark Japanese Maple



Give yourself the gift of beauty year-round! Light up your landscape with a truly stunning tree that offers visual interest every month of the year. The Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’) is a cut above most other trees! This handsome little tree boasts delicate, yellow-green leaves in the spring that morph into a charming display of peachy golden splendor in the autumn. However, when the leaves fall, the show doesn’t stop! Coral Bark is true to its name: its brilliant reddish-ginger branches are delightful all year round but, without leaves, their stark brilliance is in proud display!



This tree loves the mild temperatures of the Pacific Northwest and will tolerate our wet conditions. However, it is susceptible to blight to be sure to plant it in an area with good circulation and good drainage. Coral Bark grows well in partial shade, sheltered from high winds. When conditions are right, it’s a vigorous upright cultivar that may grow to be 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

This handsome tree makes an excellent focal point in any landscape. Enjoy the beauty of Coral Bark Japanese Maples all year long!


Trees with Gorgeous Autumn Foliage



Our landscaping team is always seeking out the perfect plants for each individual landscape or project. This time of year, we love to take a look at all the wonderful autumn foliage to see which ones have the brightest color display and perform the best, year after year. We wanted to share a few of our favorites with you! Do you have these trees in your yard?


Red Sunset Maple

Acer rubrum “Red Sunset”

Height: 50 feet

Spread: 40 feet


Red Sunset is a beloved red maple, for its durability and brilliant fall display. Even a casual observer will plainly see, each autumn, why the Red Sunset is a popular maple. When the weather begins to chill, Red Sunset’s leaves slowly change from their classic green to all shades of fire, causing the tree to appear aflame. Bright colors, ranging from orange to crimson, give this tree great interest and beauty every autumn!



Japanese Red Laceleaf Maple

Acer palmatum dissectum

Height:    2-8 feet

Spread:  10-12 feet


The Red Laceleaf is the ultimate ornamental tree, giving visual interest year-round. It spreads its feathery foliage low and wide, giving a delicate decorative show in any landscape. However, it is in autumn that this tree really outshines the rest. The colors morph into a deep blood-red and dark purple display, reminiscent of rich royalty. These trees are works of art: intriguing, cascading beauties.



Columnar Maple

Acer rubrum ‘Columnare’

Height: 70-100 feet

Spread: 15 feet


This tall, narrow, upright maple is a striking addition to any landscape. It’s dense forest of leaves appear red in the spring, become green over the summer and return to their showy crimsons and scarlets, as the season changes to autumn. The showy display is especially striking on older trees, as they tower above the landscape, letting the neighborhood know that they shine brightly. Try the columnar maple as a screen tree or alongside dark evergreens. Let that fall color shine!


What are your picks for great autumn color? Leave a comment below!


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