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Shoots with short internodes are selected each year to encourage maximum ramification in as small an area as possible (for more information regarding Acer palmatum bonsai Pruning Techniques, please see here)

maple bonsai branches

maple bonsai nebari

The appearance of the nebari (surface roots) has continued to be improved since the tree has been in a pot; the top image shows the nebari in 2007 just after a young japanese Maple sapling was approach grafted to fill a gap in the trunkbase.The second image shows the nebari in November 2010 with the same sapling now fully grafted into position as a root. In total 5 trees have been grafted to the base of this bonsai so far.

acer bonsai

An image looking up the trunk and into the branch structure of the bonsai. The immature green bark of Acer palmatum can take over 10 years to disappear and so I have gently abraded the green bark twice a year with sandpaper to encourage the appearance of mature bark.

acer palmatum japanese maple bonsai

Acer palmatum/ Mountain Maple

japanese maple

Spring 2011: The red-orange Spring leaves of the tree open in early April in the South of the UK

acer palmatum bonsai

The bonsai seen from the left-hand side

japanese maple acer palmatum bonsai

Spring 2011: By the end of April the leaves have turned to their Summer green colour

Height 22.5"/55cm, trunk diameter above the base 2.5"/6cm. Current surface root spread 10"/25cm

This tree is featured in-depth in my second book 'Bonsai Inspirations 2'

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