Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' Tree

Coral Bark Japanese Maple Trees
  • £29.99 (ex VAT)

Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' boasts attractive reddish purple flowers in spring, bright green foliage in summer and brilliant coral red stems in winter. Beni-kawa is very similar to the better known Acer palmatum Sango Kaku, but develops into a slightly taller tree, reaching a height of about 3 metres in maturity. Like all Japanese maples, Acer palmatum Beni Kawa has good autumn colour, displaying vibrant shades of bronzed oranges and yellows, however the main attraction to Acer Beni Kawa is the wonderful stem colour, revealed once the leaves have fallen.

This small garden tree will have the biggest impact on your garden when planted in a situation where the winter sunshine highlights the stunning stems. Beni Kawa will grow well in most soils but is best suited to well-drained, moist conditions in partial shade, although it can tolerate full sun.

AKA Acer palmatum 'Beni-kawa', Beni Kawa Japanese Maple, Coral Bark Maple tree

  • Common name: Coral Bark Japanese Maple
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 3 x 2 meters
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Features: Vibrant winter stem colour
  • Foliage: Small, red-purple flowers in spring, green foliage in summer, followed by bronzed autumn leaves and bright red stems in winter
  • Soil: Suited to all soil types, but grows particularly well in a moist, well-drained position

Planting Advice For Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' Trees

Pot grown Coral Bark Maples can be planted at any time of the year. Choose a spot that avoids avoid heavy, waterlogged soils and remove all weeds and grass within a metre of it. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole, especially if you have poor soil.

When planting Coral Bark Maples, use ericaceous compost when possible as this encourages vibrant foliage colour. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.

The tree planting guide has further information and videos.

Aftercare Advice For Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. It is important to keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If possible, use rain water instead of tap water as this is more acidic and better for foliage colour. We stock a range of irrigation kits for more effective watering.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. If there is snow fall, gently brush the snow from the branches to ensure it does not weigh down the framework and cause damage.

Pruning Advice For Acer palmatum 'Beni Kawa' Trees

Pruning should be carried out in the dormant season, from November to March. Japanese Maple trees bleed during other times of the year so pruning can weaken the branches. However, Japanese Maple trees very rarely need pruning. The natural shape is normally the most attractive and pruning should be carried out with a less is more approach. Only remove, crossing, damaged or diseased branches.

Do not coppice Corak Bark Maple trees.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The product table below gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Acer palmatum Beni Kawa Tree Form: Bush Supplied Size: 40-60cm Root type: 3L pot Acer palmatum Beni Kawa Tree Price £29.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 40-60cm 3L pot £29.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)