Topiary Guardian, Lion (CR 7)
Alignment: Always neutral
Initiative: +2 (Dex); Senses: low-light vision and tremorsense 90 ft.
AC: 17 (+2 Dex, +6 natural, -1 size), touch 11, flat-footed 15
Hit Dice: 10d8+40 (85 hp); DR: 10/slashing
Fort +11, Ref +5, Will +3
Speed: 40 ft.
Space: 10 ft./10 ft.
Base Attack +7; Grapple +18
Attack: Claw +13 melee
Full Attack: 2 claws +13 melee and bite +8 melee
Damage: Claw 1d6+7, bite 1d8+3
Special Attacks/Actions: Improved grab, merciful, pounce, rake 1d6+3
Abilities: Str 25, Dex 14, Con 18, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 1
Special Qualities: freeze, plant traits, vulnerability to fire
Skills: Move Silently +10
Organization: Solitary or garden (2-8)
Monster Manual III
This neatly trimmed shrub has been impeccably sculpted into the shape of an lion.
A topiary guardian is a shrub or bush sculpted into the shape of an animal and then animated by arcane magic. As much decoration as defense, these creatures guard the courtyards of kings and nobles, blending in seamlessly among ordinary hedge sculptures. The guardians spring to life only when an intruder enters the garden.
Topiary guardians are as much construct as plant. They are not naturally mobile plant creatures; like golems, their animating force is a spirit from the Elemental Plane of Earth that has been bound to the body via magic. As a result, druids find them distasteful at best, and an abomination at worst. The wealthy landowners who keep the creatures in their gardens rarely worry about such issues, however. They consider the extra security of having a topiary guardian patiently waiting to spring on thieves or assassins more important than the shrub's "feelings." A topiary guardian is the same size as the creature it imitates, so a lion topiary guardian would have a lion's dimensions. However, a guardian is composed mostly of tiny branches and leaves, making it much lighter than a flesh-and-blood creature of the same size; it weighs only one-quarter as much as its flesh-and-blood counterpart. Topiary guardians do not speak, but do rustle slightly as they move.
A lion topiary guardian is up to 8 feet long and weighs about 100 pounds.