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Trident Maple Bonsai Tree (Acer buergerianum)

Written By yusrifah Lc on Friday, September 11, 2015 | 8:27 AM

Acer buergerianum is a species of maple native to eastern china. And Trident Maple tree is a popular choice fot the art of bonsai and responds well to techniques that create leaf reduction and ramification. It is suitable for many style and sizes of bonsai.

Trident Maple also known as acer buergeranium is a deciduous tree that grows to height of up to 45 feet hight and 25 feet wide in its native ahbitat. with this moderate growth is as well being highly valued as a particulary beautiful bonsai specimen. This bonsai is quite hearty, but doeis require special care to survive well.

Trident Maple Bonsai Tree
Trident Maple Bonsai Tree

Trident Maple Bonsai tree is highly desire for bonsai due to theri small, three lobed leaved, thick gnarly root that are perfect for the dramatic root over rock technique and a readily thickening trunk that boast an attraactive orange brown peeling appearance. In the fall, the attractive green of the leaved turn into shades of red, orange, and yellow and in the spring, showy yellow flowers are to be enjoyed.

Because of its brilliant fall colors, the Trident Maple Bonsai is a favorite and it is a common practive to defoliate these to create the desire effect at times other than autumn alone. It is important to note that defoliation is quite stressful for your tree and it shouldn't be done unless you must be transplanting out of season, you need smaller leaves or fall colors fo an exhibition or you have but eaten or damaged folage.

Do not cut off the petiole, or stem, of the leaf. This will allow the petiole to continue providing necessary nutrients to the tree as it recovers from being defoliated. A defoliated tree needs adequate lighting but it will not need as much water until it has developed new buds. Once the tree is bare, you can go ahead with any pruning that is necessary to keep it in the proper shape. Within three to six weeks you will begin to see new leaves which will be smaller than the previous ones.

Specific care guidelines for the Trident Maple
  • Position
    The Acer buergerianum prefers lots of light, although it should be protected from too much direct sunlight in summer afternoons. Protect the tree when it freezes by placing it in a cold room or by protecting the root system when remaining outside.
  • Watering
    Be careful not to over-water, a draining soil mixture is advised.
  • Feeding
    Fertilize the tree once it starts growing in early spring, about once or twice monthly until autumn.
  • Pruning
    Pinch back new growth from about 5 to 6 leaves to the first two leaves. Be careful to prune the top/crown of the tree strongly to make sure growth spreads to the lower parts as well. To reduce the leaf-size remove 30 percent of the tree’s biggest leaves once every two years.
  • Repotting
    Repot the tree every second year just before it starts growing (early spring), a normal (if somewhat well-draining) soil mixture can be used.
  • Propagation
    From seeds, cuttings or by air-layering.
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