This is a powerful planting as the tree is short but has considerable girth to it. The story told is of a tree which seeded near to a rock in nature, and then as it grew the roots were forced to wrap around the rock in their search for water. Over many years, the soil around the rock and tree was eroded due to flooding in the area exposing the roots which you now see.
Trident or Chinese maples are highly suited to root over rock plantings. This is as their roots will readily form to the contours of the rock, given sufficient development time. This shohin sized Maple root over rock planting is old and the roots now firmly grasp the rock.
The basic branch structure is there and completed, unless you want to change the structure to a different vision you might have. The ramification can then be improved over several seasons. However the tree is essentially showable in its current condition.
The leaf size and shape is very good, but if the new owner wanted to the leaf size can be reduced further through defoliation in the active growing season.
At the moment the tree is planted in a Tokoname bonsai container. Unfortunately there is a hairline crack in the pot, but the container is in no risk of breaking. As is the case with most shohin bonsai, you would likely need to repot it in a season or two.
Trident maples are very hardy trees and in my opinion one of the most rewarding species to work with. They can be grown anywhere within South Africa, to my knowledge.
The Chinese maple was imported in March, 2016 as it was emerging from winter. The photos were also taken at that time. Should you be interested in this tree but wanted some updated photo's first then please do not hesitate to ask me and I can email some through to you within a couple days.
(Measurements exclude the container)
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.