Shishigashira Japanese Maple Trees

Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'

Growzone: 5-8

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2 Gal. 30 to 36 inches $69.95
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This Plants Growzone: 5-8
Growing Zone: 5-8
Mature Height: 12 to 15 feet
Mature Width: 8 to 10 feet
Classification: Small tree
Sunlight: Part to full sun
Habit: Deciduous, densely branched
Flower Color: Insignificant
Foliage: Green changing to purple-red to orange-red in the fall
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point or a specimen planting, very slow growing

Shishigashira Japanese Maple Trees for Sale Online


Japanese Maple Shishigashira, commonly called the lion’s head maple, is very popular and a highly sought after cultivar. Heavily curled green leaves give this tree an interesting texture. It is a compact, dwarf tree. In the fall the leaves become purple-red with orange-red highlights. The coloring of Lions Head Japanese Maple is most intense when planted in full sun.  It is less likely to sunburn than other varieties. Makes an excellent container specimen, and is perfect for use in smaller gardens.


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Growing Lion's Head Japanese Maples in the Garden

Japanese Maple Shishigashira, commonly called the lion’s head maple, is a very popular and highly sought after cultivar. This is a slow upright grower with dense tufts of crinkled deep green leaves on each branch, resembling the mane of a lion. The leaves are resistant to burning in full sun and develop a good golden yellow fall color brushed with red-orange. It is usually on of the last of the Acer palmatums to turn its fall color. Japanese Maple Shishigashira makes a great container plant. When placed in the garden it has a sculptural effect that only improves with age.


Planting Information

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Japanese Maple Oregon Sunset plant that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Japanese Japanese Maple Shishigashira to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.


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History and introduction of the Japanese Maple in America:

Acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820. When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg traveled in Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with the high art of oriental gardens. He gave it the species name palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves, similar to the centuries-old Japanese names kaede and momiji, references to the 'hands' of frogs and babies, respectively. For centuries Japanese horticulturalists have developed cultivars from maples found in Japan and nearby Korea and China. They are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have long been a subject in art. Numerous cultivars are currently available commercially and are a popular item at garden centers and other retail stores in Europe and North America. Red-leafed cultivars are the most popular, followed by cascading green shrubs with deeply dissected leaves. Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.