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Acer palmatum 'Shishi-gashira' | Lion's Head Japanese Maple - Height 50-70cm - 4lt

Acer palmatum 'Shishi-gashira' | Lion's Head Japanese Maple - Height 50-70cm - 4lt

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Acer palmatum 'Shishi-gashira', also known as the Lion's Head Japanese Maple, is a unique and captivating cultivar of the Japanese maple. This compact, slow-growing deciduous tree is highly prized for its dense, crinkled foliage that forms tight clusters, giving it a distinctive, textured appearance. Throughout the growing season, its leaves remain a vibrant green, providing a lush and fresh aesthetic to any garden. As autumn approaches, the foliage transforms into a spectacular display of rich red and orange hues, offering a striking contrast to the summer greenery.

'Shishi-gashira' is an excellent choice for small gardens, courtyards, and patios due to its compact size, typically reaching a height and spread of 2 to 3 metres. Its unique growth habit also makes it a popular selection for bonsai enthusiasts, who appreciate its sculptural quality and the ease with which it can be shaped.

This cultivar thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic soils and prefers a position with partial shade to protect its delicate leaves from scorching. While it is relatively low-maintenance, regular watering during dry spells and mulching to retain soil moisture can enhance its health and appearance.

In a British garden, Acer palmatum 'Shishi-gashira' provides year-round interest with its distinctive form and seasonal colour changes, making it a cherished addition to any landscape.

  • Common Name

    Lion's Head Japanese Maple

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    garden origin

  • Flower

    inconspicuous flowers

  • Maturation period

    20–50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


East–facing or South–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid and neutral soil, partial shade, full sun

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period






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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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