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Japanese Mountain Maple Bonsai Tree, Acer palmatum | by Steve Greaves
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Japanese Mountain Maple Bonsai Tree, Acer palmatum

Japanese Mountain Maple Bonsai Tree, Acer Palmatum.

This bonsai tree is created from a very average garden centre Acer palmatum sapling. It was pruned back very hard and planted in a plastic washing up bowl for a few years until it became established. The roots were trimmed back each time it was repotted to form a flat root spread suitable to fit into a shallow bonsai pot. The surface roots have become more exposed since the earlier shot on my photostream and the tree has a good tapering trunk base and impressive nebari or root spread. In spring 2009 I hope to repot the tree into a more suitable oval shaped bonsai pot.

This is how the tree looked in early October 2008.


Camera: Nikon D300

Lens: Nikon 18-200MM F3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR DX


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Taken on September 29, 2008