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Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’

Japenese Lion's Mane Maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread2m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourDark green, turning gold and orange

Description

Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ (Japenese Lion's Mane Maple). Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira' has an upright habit with branches covered with small, dark green leaves through summer which give a 'cloud-like' effect. The leaves turn golden yellow and orange in the autumn. This plant was previously called Acer palmatum 'Ribesifolium'.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Small tree

Origin

Europe, N. Africa, Asia and Americas.

In Latin, the word 'acer' means hard or sharp. Maple wood was used by the Romans to make lances.

Interest and use

Architectural, autumn foliage interest

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Protect from cold winds

Propagation

Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Leaf eating caterpillars or aphids sometimes infest plants. Also prone to scale insects, tar spot, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and honey fungus.

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