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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Japanese Maple
  • Maple
Also sold as:
  • 'Mejishi'
  • 'Cristatum'
  • 'Minus'
  • 'Ribescifolium'
  • 'Ribesifolium'

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Location: j c raulston arboretum, ncsu,  raleigh, north carolina
Date: 2024-03-19
lion's mane japanese maple
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2019-04-13
Location: in my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 08-04-2020
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira')
Location: Simplé (FR - 53360)
Date: 15/11/2018
Location: in my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 07-05-2020
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Location: Houston area
Date: 2019-03-15
Early Spring bloom
Location: Iowa
Location: Eugene Oregon 
Date: 2023-05-21
Location: Eugene Oregon 
Date: 2023-05-21
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-04-25
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-27
"Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira', 2017, Lion's Head or Mane [Japane
Location: in my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 07-05-2020
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Location: in my garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 07-05-2020
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Location: at a local nursery in Oklahoma City
Date: 08-03-2020
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-15

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
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Location: at a local nursery in Oklahoma City
Date: 08-03-2020
Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
Location: Green Acres Garden Center, Citrus Heights, CA
Date: Apr 5, 2012
Location: Hampton Court Palace!
Date: 2012-07-14
Lovely Acer.

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
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Photo credit: David J. Stang
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-07-22
Location: Green Acres Garden Center, Citrus Heights, CA
Date: Apr 5, 2012
Location: Green Acres Garden Center, Citrus Heights, CA
Date: Apr 5, 2012
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-04-30
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Comments:
  • Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK - Zone 7a) on Jun 24, 2020 3:21 PM concerning plant:
    The International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants divides Japanese maple cultivars with valid names into 7 groups. Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira' appears in Group 6: Dwarf, Bonsai, and Penjing.
    Normally the trees in this group do not exceed 1 meter in height, but 'Shishigashira' is an exception. J.D. Vertrees was aware of old 3 meter specimens… and a nursery here in Oklahoma City has a 6-7 foot specimen growing on the east side of their offices. I'll get photos of it and post them.
    Vertrees goes on to say, "Size of the plant can be easily controlled by the amount of fertility available… the plant will stay quite short and dense if not over-fertilized. In a very fertile location the tree can reach a large size in a few years."
    Van Gelderen, de Jong and Oterdoom describe it as having the, "most interesting, heavily curled leaves, 5-lobed, and dark green." Further on they say, "The autumn colors appear very late, often 3-4 weeks later than in other cultivars. The leaves turn a peculiar purple-red with orange-red patterns."
    I'm pretty excited about this tree because one of our big box stores is having a HUGE clear-out-the-inventory sale… and I managed to obtain a Monrovia grown 2 gallon of it for twenty bucks. Nothing to complain about there.

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