Acer palmatum Coral Pink is a dwarf upright maple. In the spring the leaves show a soft pink color that turns to light green with hints of pink in the summer. Fall color is hot-pink to crimson red. Coral Pink cannot tolerate full sun without burning. Early morning sun with afternoon shade is preferred. This slow growing maple may reach 6′ tall and nearly as wide in 10 years. As with most maples, Coral Pink can be grown in an ornamental container. When container grown it can be moved to an unheated garage or shed for winter protection in zones 5 and 6. Maples that have been planted in the ground can withstand colder winter temperatures. Protect newly planted maples with mulch. This maple is hardy to -20 degrees, USDA Climate Zone 6.
Acer palmatum Coral Pink requires some pruning to establish a shape that enhances the overall look of the maple. Pruning is the key to get the look and shape you want. With consistent pruning you can create a tight maple that will hold its shape for years to come and give you the best display of color. Pruning the tips of the branches every couple of years increases the number of branches and therefore more leaves and color. Maples with a more open tree-like structure require less pruning. For more information on this topic seePruning Japanese Maples.
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First photo shows spring color, the second photo displays the transition color from spring to summer. Both are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery. The last photo shows fall color from a Coral Pink in my display garden.