Acer campestre or Field maple is the only member of the large maple family that is native to the UK.
. In the landscape it makes a small to medium size tree that is frequently found in our hedgerows. Lovely autumn colour is a feature of the species with the foliage turning a clear yellow sometimes with a flush of red.
As it is native to all parts of the UK. it performs really well as a bonsai. Vigorous, very resilient and easy to grow and develop. Though the growth character may not be as ideal as say, A. palmatum, it is, nevertheless, pretty good and an understanding of the correct pruning techniques will lead to short, compact, twiggy growth and reduced leaf size. It is a very rewarding native species with which to bonsai.
This nicely styled bonsai is not quite broom style but also not quite informal upright. Despite being 50 cm. in height I would put this tree in the chuhin size category , the branches spread to 46 cm. The trunk measures 3 cm. in diam. above the significant root spread which is 12 cm. across. This is a very natural looking bonsai and very typical of the species as it is seen in our landscape. Maybe a slight reduction in the silhouette would help the overall balance of the design regarding the ratio of branch mass to trunk size. This could result in an increase in fin ramification when regrown from the pruned reduction, it is a minor criticism though ! The pot is a glazed oval Korean ceramic 30x22x5 cm. One for those who favour native bonsai.