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.
Although this example of the species has had minimal work done to set it on the bonsai path we would still class it as raw material. It will have been collected from the wild for sure and has recently been repotted into a plastic bonsai training pot that measures 41x28x6 cm. The tree is 74 cm. in height with a branch spread of 40 cm. The trunk at soil level in 5 cm. in diam. Although a bit blurred hopefully the trunk close up will show the lovely textured bark that is a characteristic of the species. There is also the beginnings of surface roots to add to the overall image. The way forward will be to develop the primary and secondary branching further and then to build ramification to get a more mature image. A good piece of bonsai material of an easy species to develop.