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Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'

Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
lion's head maple
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Fall foliage isn't too shabby either

Common name lion's head maple
Family aceraceae
Life cycle tree (Z5-7)
Size to 10'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Japanese maple cultivar, a bit of a novelty for its deeply cut, curly leaves. We bought our specimen small, and were resigned to see it stay that way for quite a while but I'm happy to say it's been faster growing than expected, growing to a very attractive small tree in the five years we've had it. We hope to be in our house long enough to see it mature. It lives next to the waterfall at our big pond, where it is sure to get the good drainage it requires.

lion's head maple
New leaves coming in red-tinged - early August
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
At its autumn peak
lion's head maple
Striking leaf shape on display in mid-May

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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