Spacing: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Foliage: Grown for foliage Deciduous Smooth-Textured Veined Good Fall Color
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Provides winter interest Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From woody stem cuttings From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; direct sow after last frost By grafting By budding
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Sep 25, 2012, ews1951 from Keansburg, NJ wrote:
I planted this tree in our front yard in New Jersey in 1985 as a 4 foot tall import from Oregon. It seems to like the southeast exposure where the leaves are a darker green than others I have seen in local plantings. Now, 27 years later, it is about 10 feet tall with a spread of about 8 feet. The bottom of the trunk at ground level is approximately 7 inches across, with the largest branches having 3-4 inch widths. Just in the last few years I have had to trim out several branches that die off during the summer, but it is still very healthy and beautiful.
I bought a shishigashira approx 1 1/2 yrs ago. It was then 4' tall by 2' wide. Was left in it's pot for a year before planting in my front yard. Is doing great but is slow growing, maybe several inches. Does anyone know the approx age it would be by the size described? Also best success for propagating? Semi-soft Cuttings vs seeds?
On Nov 13, 2009, DonnaJG from Indianapolis, IN wrote:
I've had this Japanese maple in my garden about 6-7 yrs. It seems to do well with a lot of shade. It is slow growing and has stayed compact (about 6-8 ' tall). 'Shishigashira' has dark green leaves through out the growing season--I like the texture of the foliage. My favorite feature is the fiery red fall color that occurs about mid November, extending the fall color after most other trees and shrubs have lost theirs.
On Nov 16, 2008, Creeker from Stoney Creek Canada wrote:
I live in Southern Ontario where occasionally it can get down to -20F during the winter and this tree is very tough and is doing quite well. What's unusual about this tree is the varying fall colors from year to year. In some years I've observed a bright orange yellow color while in other years the color has been a bright fire red. It's easily my favorite Japanese maple.
On Oct 14, 2006, larue8122 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Started with a very small plant because it was so expensive and have transplanted it once (just because I wanted to.) It is doing great. Slow growing but is now about 5' and bushy in spite of the fact that my son dropped a board on it breaking off a couple of branches. I looked for a matching plant to match at its current size as an accent on the other side of the pathway, but the large ones don't come cheap. If you aren't rich, you might want to start small.
On Jun 11, 2006, faykoko from Cross Lanes, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:
very nice "crispy" foliage very slow growing zone 6B full sun
about 4"per year
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Aptos, California Bakersfield, California Garberville, California Livermore, California Richmond, California Westport, Connecticut Powder Springs, Georgia Palmyra, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Verona, Mississippi Pendleton, Missouri St Louis, Missouri Keansburg, New Jersey Rochester, New York Greensboro, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Chesterland, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Euclid, Ohio Gates Mills, Ohio Albany, Oregon Hubbard, Oregon Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon Harleysville, Pennsylvania Wrightsville, Pennsylvania Lincoln, Rhode Island Walhalla, South Carolina Arlington, Tennessee Anacortes, Washington Bainbridge Island, Washington Bothell, Washington Olympia, Washington Orchards, Washington Yakima, Washington Cross Lanes, West Virginia