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chinese maple bonsai root over rock

Chinese maple root over rock

7 min read

Few species are as versatile bonsai subjects as the Chinese or Trident maple. Very hardy, responds well to many styling techniques appreciated throughout the seasons. Follow the progression of this root over rock grown by Terry Erasmus since 2011.

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Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

17 min read

In this blog post we study a wonderful example of the root over rock style in bonsai. The species used is the Trident Maple which is ideal for this style due to its growing character. Lets take a closer look at this tree and analyze the many features which make this specimen so particularly attractive.
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Layering chinese maple bonsai tree

Ground Layering of a Trident Maple with ugly roots

8 min read

Layering is a very useful technique whereby good starter stock can be obtained from an interesting branch of an ordinary garden tree or perhaps a portion of an existing bonsai which has the potential to be turned into a bonsai itself. One of the great 'cheats' about layering is that you start off with a thick trunk already so it's much faster than a cutting. Another great thing about layering is that if done successfully, all the roots emerge at the same level which gives you a great start towards developing wonderful nebari.

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Chinese maple bonsai tree styling

Foundation work on a Chinese Maple shohin bonsai tree

7 min read

In this blog post a shohin tree makes it onto the bench for the 2nd time this season to be defoliated, wire which is biting in will need to be removed and we may need to do some branch selection. I will also discuss the appropriate use of tools and how to deal with scarring and the usefulness of sacrifice branches.

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