Sometimes called the Lions Head Maple, Acer Palmatum Shishigashira is a small tree with a compact upright habit. Small foliage that forms in dense clumps make this an interesting feature tree for small gardens. With an attractive vase shape and the ability to take more sun than some other varieties without as much leaf burn, the Shishigashira maple is an excellent choice.
This is a variety that grows with distinct clumps or tufts of foliage, deep green leaves are small, with undulating leaf margins giving it a wrinkled look. It is when the leaves turn to red that the glossy nature is highlighted, especially when wet.
This is an easy care maple, best in a humus rich soil with some moisture through the summer. Although it does like protection from hot drying winds, autumn colour is best with good light.
With the small foliage and naturally slow growth this is an ideal specimen for bonsai.
The very tight foliage, clumped and slightly crinkled gives the tree a natural ‘bonsai’ look. It does look good as a small feature tree in a lawn or in the garden border. Over time the tree will reach 3 metres in heigh, it is slow growing so is well suited to growing in containers.
Generally not required at all other than the removal of any dead wood
- Botanical Name – Acer Palmatum Shishigashira
- Common Names – Lions Head Maple
- Position – Full sun to Part shade.
- Soil – Humus rich, moist and well drained.
- Height – Will reach around 3 metres
- Spread – Will spread to around 3metres.
- Growth rate – Slow
- Foliage – Mid to deep green.
- Flowers – Insignificant, small samaras in spring to summer.
- Flowering period – Spring
- Drought tolerant – No, best in moist soils.
- Frost tolerant – Yes.
Acer palmatum Shishigashira is available for sale from the following nurseries
Mob: 0421 821 307 Fax: 03 9752 0976
Quality grafted Japanese Maples. Largest range in Australia. Supplying Landscapers and Retail Nurseries. Strictly Wholesale. All states except WA.
In Victoria also Try
WISHING WELL NURSERY – 03 9756 6107
Monbulk – Silvan Rd. Monbulk.