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Shishio Hime Japanese Maple*

Acer palmatum 'Shishio Hime'

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Shishio Hime Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shishio Hime') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple foliage

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple foliage

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Shishio Hime Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Shishio Hime') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


This variety produces small palmatum-type leaves that emerge in spring with red edges, maturing into a pleasant green in summer; in fall they become bright yellow to gold; excellent choice for container use

Ornamental Features

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple has attractive green foliage edged in red throughout the season. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of yellow and in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Shishio Hime Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features