Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira,’ also known as Lion’s Head Maple, is a captivating Japanese maple cultivar with unique and intriguing features. Its dense clusters of crinkled, deeply lobed leaves resemble a lion’s mane, adding a touch of visual interest to any landscape. With shades of green in spring and summer, ‘Shishigashira’ transforms into a breathtaking display of fiery orange and crimson hues in autumn.

This slow-growing deciduous tree reaches a height of about 1.8 to 3 metres, making it an ideal choice for smaller gardens or container planting. ‘Shishigashira’ thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil, making it a stunning focal point in any Japanese-style garden or landscape.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ requires minimal care to thrive. Plant it in a location with partial shade, as direct sunlight can scorch its delicate foliage. Ensure the soil is well-draining and consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Mulching around the base helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Prune sparingly to maintain its natural shape and remove any dead or diseased branches. Protect it from strong winds, which can damage its crinkled leaves.

‘Shishigashira’ is one of the smaller-growing cultivars of Japanese Acer, taking approximately 20 years to reach a maximum of 3 metres in height, making it perfect for large containers.

With its relatively low maintenance needs, ‘Shishigashira’ rewards gardeners with its mesmerising foliage and elegant form, making it a prized addition to any landscape.

Expert Tip

Add a thick layer of mulch, such as bark chippings, to conserve soil moisture.


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