Maple bonsai

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  1. Backcountry Dan

    Backcountry Dan Member Maple Society

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    Hello everyone. This is my first post to the forum. This little maple is new to me last year at the American Bonsai Society conference in Denver CO, So I can't claim much of the work at this point other than the fall trim and general care. (I will share more of my own work soon though.) Just a beautiful little maple that I thought you might enjoy. Originally imported from Japan.
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    Backcountry Dan Member Maple Society

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    Here's some progression on an amur maple, Acer ginnala, that I've been working on for at least 8 years. Originally given to me by a friend who collected the tree in Iowa.

    Interestingly, it was not variegated until the past five years. All of a sudden it was there! My only guess is that it's some type of viral infection, but it doesn't seem to affect the tree's health overly much.
     

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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hi, Amur Maple regularly becomes under a couple of circumstances: high growth rate and post-stress. So young seedlings are often variegated until established, and large trees will show some variegation the year after a difficult season. Sometimes.

    In either case, nothing at all to worry about.

    Cheers, -E
     
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    Omg that is just beautiful
     
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    Backcountry Dan Member Maple Society

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    Thank you Emery,
    That makes a lot of sense. Simply being restricted in a bonsai pot may be just enough stress to bring it out in this case. I hadn't considered this.

    Cheers,
    Dan
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Good job!
    I find this species more difficult to work with than palmatum because the internodes are longer, yet I still have a couple in training.
     
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    Thank you! I agree, the internodes are longer than palmatum. After years in the small pot, and only re-potting when absolutely necessary it has slowed the growth down significantly though. I used to need a good partial defoliation in late spring/early summer the first few years in a pot, but now only a bit of tidying up does the trick.

    Do the field maples (campestre) have long internodes as well? I don't have much experience with them but they seem like they would behave similarly.
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    I'd say Acer campestre is in-between, judging by those I have.
     
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