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Acer palmatum 'Crispifolium' / 'Shishi-gashira' | Japanese maple Lion's Head - Girth 20cm - 190-200cm - 130lt

Acer palmatum 'Crispifolium' / 'Shishi-gashira' | Japanese maple Lion's Head - Girth 20cm - 190-200cm - 130lt

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Acer palmatum 'Shishi-gashira', commonly known as the Lion's Head maple, is a beautiful and unique cultivar of the Japanese maple tree. It is a slow-growing, deciduous shrub that typically reaches a height of 6-10 feet and a spread of 5-8 feet at maturity.

The foliage of 'Shishi-gashira' is its standout feature. Its leaves are small and crinkled, with a unique, almost spiky appearance that resembles the mane of a lion, hence the name. The leaves emerge in the spring with a reddish-purple color that gradually changes to dark green throughout the summer. In the fall, the leaves turn brilliant shades of orange and red, making this tree a true standout in the autumn landscape.

In addition to its striking foliage, 'Shishi-gashira' is also a popular choice for its compact, rounded habit, making it an excellent choice for small gardens or as a specimen tree in a larger landscape. Its branching structure is also particularly interesting, with densely packed clusters of twigs that form a dense, layered canopy.

This maple tree prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial shade, making it an ideal choice for a woodland garden or a partially shaded spot in a landscape. 'Shishi-gashira' is also relatively low-maintenance, requiring little pruning or fertilization to maintain its beautiful shape and vibrant foliage.

Overall, Acer palmatum 'Shishi-gashira' is an excellent choice for any landscape that values unique foliage, interesting branching structure, and a compact, rounded habit. Its stunning appearance throughout the seasons is sure to delight gardeners and admirers alike.

  • Common Name

    Lion's Head Japanese maple

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    garden origin

  • Flower

    small, inconspicuous, reddish flowers

  • Foliage

    reddish-purple, summer dark green, autumn brilliant shades of orange

  • Maturation period

    20–30 years (slow growing)

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit

bushy, bonsai

Preferred Location


East–facing or North–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, partial shade, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained

Growing Period




spring, summer, autumn


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Arundel Arboretum is a shrub and tree retail nursery with over 40 years of experience.

About Us

During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

What you will not find is hot tubs, garden furniture and plastic garden gnomes. In a nutshell, trees is what we know and trees is what we do, and only trees (and some shrubs to go with the trees).

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