Bonsai trees have long been a favorite hobby of many because of their interesting shapes and decorative appeal. Bonsai trees can be grown indoors to decorate a living room, study or office, or left in the garden for an exotic look. This is a unique hobby that allows one to combine their love of growing plants with their creative skill in shaping bonsai.
Maple is one of the most popular trees used for bonsai. Two of the Maple family are particularly popular: the Trident and the Japanese Maple. This article will give you a brief introduction to these two bonsai maple trees.
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum) is an oriental deciduous tree. It is very tolerant of pollution, so it can be grown in cities and towns. Three-toothed maples are fairly hardy as bonsai trees, but will still need special care, especially to protect them from frost. Trident maple roots have a high moisture content; and in winter this can be a disadvantage. To protect this maple from frost, you can try keeping it in a greenhouse for the winter or covering it with straw. Trident maple should be placed in a sunny location with afternoon shade.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum), also known as Japanese Mountain Maple. There are many varieties of Japanese maple to choose from; It is a very popular bonsai maple. To give you an idea, there are Nishiki Issai, Ara Kawa, Nishiki Sho, Nishiki Gawa – these are hard-shell varieties that age quickly. There are also varieties with unusual shells – this includes Sanku and Aoyji. Kiyo-hime Tama-hime are examples of dwarf varieties. They grow more like a bush than a tree.
Japanese maple has a wide variety of hybrids, some of which are more than three hundred. The leaves of Japanese maples range from light green to dark burgundy. Like the three-toothed maple, Japanese maples are highly durable trees. Air pollutants and insects are usually not a problem for them. Japanese maple grows best in moist, fertile soils and does not perform well in places with a lot of sun exposure.
Taking care of your bonsai tree is not that difficult. It needs proper amount of sun and water. Maples prefer some shade without excessive direct sunlight. If yours is in a pot, you can put it wherever you want, but be sure to take it out of direct sun during the hottest part of the day. You shouldn’t let your bonsai dry out, but you shouldn’t drown it in too much water either. Careful pruning and shaping of bonsai will give you a beautiful tree that will last for years.
Bonsai maples are very beautiful and ideal for bonsai beginners. Their innate durability makes them easy to care for. And let’s not forget they are also some of the most incredible looking bonsai around!