Japanese mountain maple, Acer palmatum.

£65.00

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.

The original creator of this bonsai has come up with a fairly unorthodox image, it will have been from garden centre stock and we are not sure of the variety, it could almost be a katsura although it is hardly quite orange enough. Nevertheless is quite a pleasing bonsai. The tree is 5cm. in height with a spread of 50cm. also. The trunk diam. immediately above the raised surface roots is 2cm. and those roots have a spread of 8cm. The pot is a round plastic Mica that measures 20x6cm.