Little Sango Japanese Maple


Little Sango Japanese Maple is a dwarf variety of the famous Sango Kaku Japanese Maple. It is known for its coral bark that offers four seasons of interest. Little Sango Japanese Maple starts in spring with bright light green leaves that stay bright through the summer. Fall colors are vivid orange and yellow. Little Sango Japanese Maple makes an excellent tree for bonsai or a container plant.

  • Scientific Name: Acer palmatum ‘Little Sango’
  • USDA Zone: 5 – 9
  • Average Height: 4′ – 6′
  • Average Width: 3′ – 5′
  • Sun Exposure: Sun to Part Shade

Little Sango Japanese Maple Planting/Care Instructions

Before planting, have your soil tested to see what amendments are needed. Click this link to check your frost dates: Frost Dates. Choose the right time of the year to plant according to your zone. When you receive your Little Sango Japanese Maple, soak the root ball in water for 20 minutes upon arrival before planting or potting. Gently break up the root ball. This will help the Little Sango Japanese Maple roots grow out into the soil. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of your tree. Fill the hole tightly with soil to avoid any air pockets. Plant your Little Sango Japanese Maple with the root flare above the soil line.

Japanese maples planted in the ground generally do not need fertilizer. Container-grown maples can use a bit of slow-release fertilizer. However, variegated cultivars should not be fertilized. Be sure to water your trees. In addition, pull weeds out when they appear. They take nutrients from the soil.

Young, grafted trees will continue to have new growth on the rootstock for several years. If new buds or branches develop on the rootstock, remove them before they grow larger. If a larger branch develops, use sterile pruners to remove it. Prune trees as needed to encourage growth. Always sterilize your pruners when pruning Japanese maples to prevent the spread of diseases. If you have trouble keeping up with your pruners, check out our locally hand-made leather pruner holster here.

Lastly, enjoy your Little Sango Japanese Maple and your time in the garden!

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Please Note: We currently do not ship plants to Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah or Washington. These states have strict shipping regulations against pests from other states. Extended transit time is also a factor in this decision. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Many factors influence which plants will thrive in a given location. Heat, cold, and elevation are just a few that can have a big impact.
Plants may have been recently potted up and have not completely rooted in. Please grow them in the pots one full growing season before planting in the ground.

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