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Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira' Lion's Head Japanese Maple

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Original price $45.00
Original price $45.00 - Original price $325.00
Original price $45.00
Current price $40.00
$40.00 - $325.00
Current price $40.00
Selected Size: 1 gallon

Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'
'Shishigashira' Lion's Head Japanese Maple

Zones 5-9

10 Gallons Available to be Shipped!

‘Shishigashira’ is a very unique upright green Japanese maple cultivar. The deep green leaves are crinkled with compact branching that adds to the amazing architectural shape of the tree. The growth habit is very dense branching with a widening effect midway up on mature trees. The color of this Japanese maple in early spring is a deep green and it holds this color very well throughout the entire summer. In the autumn ‘Shishigashira’ puts on an amazing show of deep yellows and golden shades with hints of red and orange. 

This cultivar is often referred to as Lion’s Head in America but a more literal translation refers to the head of a specific female lion character in Japanese drama. When witnessing the amazing fall spectrum on this Japanese maple it is easy to see how this majestic look has become associated with a lion’s mane. ‘Shishigashira’ grows well in sun or shade though we have noticed the tree consistently grows larger in filtered light. The height of Lionshead can reach 8-12 ft over time. The Lion's Head is a favorite in the bonsai trade for its unique growth habit and is also an excellent Japanese maple tree for container growing for a porch or patio. 'Shishigashira' makes a great addition for anyone looking for something a little interesting, unique, and outside the box.

Limited Quantities Available !! As we have over a thousand cultivars of Japanese maples, we often do not have many of each cultivar. We recommend that you buy the Japanese maples you want immediately as we often sell out of certain selections.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Michael Clanton

Thank you!

Philip Metzler
Lion’s Head Maple my first one!

This was my first maple from Mr Maple and it was a great experience. From ordering to shipping and support. The tree arrived in perfect shape and is on my back deck in a container!

K. Dunham

Another perfect Japanese Maple. My yard is pretty small but somehow I've managed to plant 30 Japanese Maples of all types. Most dwarf of course. Every tree I've purchased from Mr Maple has arrived in top condition. This last purchase a SHISHIGASHIRA is the largest potted tree I've purchased so far & it is wonderful. Arrived in perfect condition.

Crystal Miller

Good size maple packaged well doing great after planted

Craig Young
Solid 1 gallon tree.

It was a good tree. But it wasn't tied down in the box. So 3 of the 5 larger branches and about 50% of the leaves were damaged in shipping. Fast shipping reasonable price, decent graft. 2 star packaging.