Acer palmatum 'Shishi Gashira'

Shishi Gashira Japanese Maple, Lion’s Head Maple




Family: Sapindaceae

Genus: Acer

Parent: Acer palmatum

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 7' tall in 10 years

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Part Shade


Stiff, lateral and upright branching. Palmate leaves, bright green in spring, close to the stems in bunches. Leaves are curly, almost crinkled. Late autumn color develops best in sun.


= 'Ribesifolium'

First cultivated around 1882.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 3-gallon plant at McCorkles in June 2008. I could not resist the strange form of this Japanese Maple. I potted it up to a large container until planting in the ground near the back retaining wall in summer 2009. Looks fantastic in spring but suffers from the sun, although not as much as some of the others. In October 2011 I moved it to the 'Mail Box Garden'. It was fine there but in early summer 2012 we had temperatures over 100 for a week and the trunk burned. The leaves fell off one side but the other side remained. The bark peeled off the trunk. Over winter lichen and fungi started growing on it. In spring 2013, only one lower branch had leaf buds so I took it out, chopped off the main trunk and potted it up with just the one branch.

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