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Shishio Improved Upright Japanese Maple
'Shishio Improved', is a small-leaved cultivar displaying brilliant bright pink-toned crimson-red (not scarlet-red) leaves. Get all the details below

Shishio Improved Upright Japanese Maple

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Shishio Improved Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum 'Shishio Improved'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Japanese Maple variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

An upright grower to 6-8 feet tall in 10 years, 'Shishio Improved', also known as 'Chishio Improved', is a small-leaved cultivar displaying brilliant foliage color. In spring, new leaves emerge a stunning bright pink-toned crimson-red (not scarlet-red). The spring color is long-lasting and turns a gorgeous pink-red color until the beginning of summer when the leaves turn to bright green. As the cooler temperatures of fall arrive the leaves transition to pleasing shades of pink and red finally turning to vibrant shades of orange to red. In addition to the colorful leaves, new stems are bright red on top. A very graceful small tree that adapts well to garden beds or containers, 'Shishio Improved' is one of the best bright pink-red spring color cultivars available.




Landscape & Garden Uses

To showcase its magnificence and beauty, Shishio Improved Japanese Maple is best used in the landscape as a focal point specimen to draw attention to a specific area of the home or landscape. That said, you can plant them in groupings of three or plant one on both sides of an entryway to accentuate the entrance.

Spacing: At least 10' for space between trees

Container culture can extend the useful range of Japanese Maples. They are extremely easy to grow in containers, a practice taken to its most extreme form in the art of bonsai. Click on the link below under Helpful Articles for Japanese Maple container planting instructions. 

Note:  One Japanese Maple can make a landscape...that is, if you don't overcrowd it with other trees and plants. Therefore, when selecting companions to plant under or around your Japanese Maple, make sure to select low-growing shrubs or groundcovers that won't interfere at all with your tree. 




Cultural Preferences

Though delicate looking, Japanese Maples are actually very tough and long-lived trees. They are very easy to grow. Container culture can extend their useful range. They are extremely easy to grow in containers, a practice taken to its most extreme form in the art of bonsai.

In their natural habitat, Japanese Maples are understory trees, growing in dappled forest sunlight at the edges of woodlands. Ideally they prefer to be grown in similar conditions. That said, you can find a complete listing of our sun-tolerant Japanese Maple varieties here, of which Shishio Improved is included!

Most any average garden soil will grow Japanese Maples. They prefer a moist but well-drained soil rich in organic matter. As with so many other ornamental plants and trees, constantly soggy or wet soil can be problematic. So make sure to plant your Japanese Maple in a well-drained site.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Japanese Maple trees.







Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone
Height at Maturity:  9-12'
Width at Maturity:  8' or so
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Vase Shape, Rounded crown 
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate 
Foliage Color in Spring:  Brilliant Crimson-Red early spring. Shades of Coral, Pink, and Red late spring. 
Foliage Color in Summer:  Bright Lime Green
Foliage Color in Fall:  Pink and Red
Light Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, moderately drought tolerant when established
Soil Type:  Sandy, Loam & Clay (Condition heavy clay soils when planting)
Drainage:  Well drained soil is a must!
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 is ideal
Maintenance:  Low
Resistances:  Deer, Heat Tolerant, Insect, Disease, Sun Tolerant



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