Japanese Maple Shishigashira Lions Head Maple
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Japanese Maple Shishigashira, commonly called the lion’s head maple, is a very popular and highly sought after cultivar.
|2 Gal. 30 to 36 inches||$69.95|
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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.
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.