The Trident maple, Acer buergeranum, is one the classic bonsai species that we see from Japan.
Although not at all familiar in our gardens and landscape it was in fact introduced to this country in about 1890. The tree authorities put the species as originating in East China and Korea.
It is a species which is very happy in UK conditions making it relatively easy to keep and to develop. In fact it will be very vigorous in the correct conditions making it quick to bring to a desired shape. As you would expect from one of the classic deciduous bonsai species it responds well to living in a pot and to regular pruning. Like all Maples it is quite brittle so care must be taken if the need to apply wire occurs. The only other thing really to bear in mind is that it will benefit from a bit of protection from low winter temperatures.
It seems to me that there is something deceptively beautiful in this very simple bonsai . Certainly it can be improved with a few more secondary branches and a bit more ramification but maybe not aiming to make the final image too heavy which might distract from the slender and sinuous trunk. The bonsai is just above the chuhin size category at 47 cm. in height. Branch spread is 28 cm. the trunk diam. is 3 cm. The nice Japanese pot is unglazed and round and measures 21×6.5 cm.