Japanese mountain maple, Acer palmatum.

£120.00

This very beautiful small tree is a native of Japan, China and Korea.  It is a naturally very variable species and that together with the fact that it has been cultivated by man for centuries has resulted in the existence of several hundred varieties. For bonsai the straight species is very often chosen although many different varieties are also to be seen coming from the far east as bonsai.

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Description

This very beautiful small tree is a native of Japan, China and Korea.  It is a naturally very variable species and that together with the fact that it has been cultivated by man for centuries has resulted in the existence of several hundred varieties. For bonsai the straight species is very often chosen although many different varieties are also to be seen coming from the far east as bonsai.

The species is very happy growing in UK conditions. It was introduced here in 1820. Like many fairly early flushing species spring frosts will always be something to watch out for. Otherwise it is quite easy to grow and keep as bonsai. It does have phenomenally good growth characteristics for bonsai. It responds great to pruning which helps the rapid development of branching. Like any number of deciduous species the branches are quite brittle requiring great care if wire is used. Happy in a pot with the correct care and treatment of roots. A must for any bonsai collection.

This bonsai is starting to assume a quite pleasing shape and form given that it will be garden centre material origin. It is a red leaved variety in the dissectum group of palmatum varities. It does feature a rather long lower back branch which could either be shortened gradually or perhaps removed altogether, or maybe just enjoyed as it is ! There are some surface roots [ nebari ] which measure 8cm. across, above this the trunk diam. is 4cm. The bonsai has a height of 60cm and a branch spread of 55cm. The plastic bonsai trainer measures 31x21x4.5cm.