This site is for people who like plants -- growers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, novices and professionals, those who appreciate wild things and those who appreciate the cultivated. I garden in Chelsea, and I've been visiting people's yards for 20+ years in the course of my work. My goal is to make this blog a community project, so if you share my interests, please consider becoming a participant and contributing content -- Guerin. Info: guerinw@gmail.com

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lion's head japanese maple

A friend introduced me to this fabulous maple cultivar: Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira' Lion's Head maple. With tightly crinkled leaves of a deep rich color, this plant has motivated people who probably have better things to do to post adoring layouts of photos of it on the internet. Apparently the fall colors are to die for. I look forward to revisit it at that time (but without the dying part). 
My friend bought her plant at Gee Farms in Stockbridge (e-mail me for directions or search them on the internet). I don't know if they have other specimens of this cultivar available, but their overall selection of plant materials is near infinite.

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