The Norway maple, Acer platanoides, is a native of Europe but has long been in cultivation in the UK.
Like most plants that man has cultivated for a period of time many cultivars have been generated but we believe this to be the species. In the landscape it makes a handsome, fast growing tree of large size. Good autumn colour is a feature with leaves turning a clear bright yellow or sometimes red.
As a bonsai it does not ramify as well as some other members of the Acer family but it’s vigour and ease of growth make it a worthwhile project. This example is 65 cm in height with branches spreading to 56 cm. Across the base the trunk is 4 cm. in diam. Filling the existing shape with more branches and twigs is the way forward which is a grow and prune exercise. The pot is a Chinese glazed rectangle 29x18x8 cm.