When I picked up a field-grown maple to work on a few days ago, I had no idea what the trunk and branches looked like. The tree had grown almost four feet since last year and the foliage was too dense to see through.
This made pruning difficult as I had to make cuts in order to see which cuts to make. When I could finally see what was going on, the tree looked quite different!
After cutback – see “Developing a field-grown trident maple” for details about pruning maple pre-bonsai
I find this tree interesting as it’s not yet clear where the front will be. Although I like the front shown in “View 1” below, there are several options that could work.
To provide a better idea of what the tree looks like from different angles, here are six different views of the trunk. Have any favorites?
I’ll look to prune the tree again and select a new leader in fall. At this point I’m not sure how large the tree will eventually become, but as long as the movement is interesting, I plan to increase the size of the trunk over the next few years.
Bonsai for Sale in the SF Bay Area
Danny Powell has prepared a catalog of sales trees available in the San Francisco Bay Area. The catalog features conifers, including some collected junipers, and a mix of deciduous species. You can check it out here.
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