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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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 example is one of the many red leaved varieties, we do not know which. It will have been created from garden centre material and has been a bonsai for a little while now. It is, however, still at a fairly early stage of branch creation but the base of the trunk is starting to exhibit some aged character, the trunk itself shows good taper throughout it’s length, more branching needed to improve the image further. The bonsai has a height of 60cm. and a branch spread of 42cm. The rootage at soil level is 9cm. across and above this the trunk diam. is 4cm.  The bonsai plastic training pot measures 35x24x5cm.