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ACER japonicum 'Shishigashira'

Image of Acer japonicum 'Shishigashira'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER japonicum 'Shishigashira'

Plant Common Name

Fullmoon Maple, Lion's Headdress Fullmoon Maple, Shishigashira Fullmoon Maple

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General Description

Fullmoon maple is a small, often multi-stemmed, deciduous tree native to Northeast Asia. It has an elegant broad spreading canopy covered with rounded, lobed leaves of medium green that turn bright red, orange or yellow in the fall. Attractive red flowers appear with the emerging leaves; red winged fruits follow. This maple is most frequently grown in the form of its cultivar 'Aconitifolium', which has handsome, deeply incised foliage. Also noteworthy is 'Vitifolium', with large leaves and especially brilliant fall color.

Tolerant of most soils and sun or partial shade, fullmoon maple is a good tree for the lawn, shade garden, or mixed border, and teams beautifully with other East Asian woodland species such as redvein (Enkianthus campanulatus), Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica), and Japanese maple Acer palmatum. It also works well for bonsai.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Gold, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No