Chinese Maple Shohin



Yorozuen is a famous bonsai nursery in Saitama, Japan. Their shohin bonsai trees have won many awards at top bonsai exhibitions including Kokufu-ten and Taiken-ten. Walking around the nursery one would think you'd died and gone to bonsai heaven!

So when I had an opportunity to purchase this incredible shohin Chinese maple from Yorozuen I could not pass it up. The owner explained to me that all the branches on this tree were grafted on to achieve a very small leaf size, befitting a tree of this size.

You will note that there are no cut scars visible on this tree. Visible scarring greatly reduces the value of any bonsai tree and when a tree is at this stage of development it is very difficult to get such scars to heal over entirely.

Perhaps one of the most attractive features of this tree is the nebari. It is well developed and mature. You can see this from the way in which the nebari hugs the ground, providing much visual stability to the tree.

There is wonderful movement in this Chinese maple and although the basic branch structure is there, the new owner will be able to improve the ramification of the tree over a few seasons with appropriate pinching technique and fertilizing.

The tree is sold in a beautiful, undamaged artist Tokoname pot from Japan. As is generally the case with shohin sized trees, it will most likely be advisable to repot it in a season or at most two. 

Trident or Chinese maples grow easily anywhere in South Africa, to my knowledge and are in my opinion one of the best trees for bonsai cultivation.

This tree was imported in March 2016, as it was emerging from dormancy. This is when the photographs were taken. If you are interested in this tree but would like updated photos, please simply contact me and I will email some to you in a day or so.


(Measurements exclude the container)

Width: 260mm

Depth: 200mm

Height: 180mm

A reinforced carton is required for shipping due to the weight and size of this tree. This is included in the shipping price.

The display stand and coke tin, used for scale, is not included.

Category: Maple