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Beni Kawa Coral Bark Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa'

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Beni Kawa Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa') at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa'

Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa'

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Beni Kawa Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa') at Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' foliage

Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' foliage

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Height: 15 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5


Tender gold-green leaves are edged with red, turning red, orange and gold in fall for a stunning performance; beautiful coral stems glow in the winter landscape, color is considered richer than regular coral-bark maple

Ornamental Features:

Beni Kawa Coral Bark Japanese Maple has attractive light green foliage edged in red which emerges chartreuse in spring. The small lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The coral-pink branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes:

Beni Kawa Coral Bark Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Beni Kawa Coral Bark Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Shade
  • Hedges/Screening

Plant Characteristics:

Beni Kawa Coral Bark Japanese Maple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, neutral soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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