Japanese Maples for Bonsai

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Japanese maples make wonderful plants for Bonsai. Maples grow well in containers and are famous for their ability to thrive as beautiful bonsai. The maples in this section are hand chosen for bonsai because they have grafts that are low and/or very clean (ie. very little graft scar). They typically have good low branching. In some cases these maples are grown without grafting (seedlings) so there is no graft scar at all.

Many of the maples in this section are the actual plants that are for sale. Please check back often as our inventory and selection is constantly changing.

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4-5 year palmatums for Bonsai

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4-5 year palmatums for Bonsai
These are 1 gallon Acer palmatum rootstock that have scaring from failed grafts that would be a great start for a bonsai because they have some caliper. Scaring from unsuccessful grafts create a gnarled out bark look that also makes them great for bonsai. Very reasonably priced. May be a misshaped tree - ready for your hand at restructuring.

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Arakawa- Rough Bark Maple- Pre-Bonsai #615
Arakawa is also known as the rough bark maple because it has a unique corky bark. The rough bark shows up after several years of growth and become quite obvious as the maple ages. This beautiful 3-4 year maple has prominent nebari (exposed roots) and is perfect for bonsai. A vigorous grower and hardy. Fantastic fall color with leaves turning bright orange and red.

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Beni Hime Pre Bonsai 2-3 yr (#620)

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Beni Hime Pre Bonsai 2-3 yr (#620)
This Beni Hime Acer palmatum Japanese maple is ideal for Bonsai since the grafting scars are minimal and very low. The Beni Hime is a great plant for bonsai because it has very small leaves and is a dwarf maple.  Leaves emerge with a bright red color in the spring. Summertime foliage is pleasing green. This maple is 3-4 yrs old, 1 gallon plant. Beni Hime is a dwarf that if planted out in the landscape will reach about 4′.

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Green lace leaf seedlings pre-Bonsai 3-4 yr.
These Japanese maples are green lace leaf seedlings which are ideal for Bonsai since there are no grafting scars. Foliage is variable since they are seedlings but is similar to Seiryu which is the parent plant. These maples have green summer foliage with yellow to orange to red fall color. These maple are 3-4 yrs old with a caliper of about 1/4" or more.

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Japanese Maple bonsai starts

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Japanese Maple bonsai starts
These are Japanese maple seedlings Acer palmatum that are in at least their second year of growth. They are in 4" pots approximately and are about 8 - 12" height. There may be one seedling per pot in or several. Great for training for bonsai or growing out for landscape or container. Price is for 4 plants.

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Kurenai Jishi 3-4 year Pre-Bonsai #613

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Kurenai Jishi 3-4 year Pre-Bonsai #613
Kurenai jishi is a beautiful compact dwarf palmatum, perfect for bonsai. The new foliage emerges bright red, maturing to copper-red. When kept in the shade, Kurenai jishi takes on an emerald hue. If planted in a landscape, Kurenai jishi will become 4′ tall by 3′ wide with age.

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Lace leaf Bonsai Starts

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Lace leaf Bonsai Starts
These are Lace Leaf Japanese maple seedlings Acer palmatum that are in their second year of growth. They are in 4" pots and sold in groups of 4 plants.  Great for training for bonsai or growing out for landscape or container. $24.95/ for 4

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Lima Gold Pre Bonsai 3-4 Yr. (#631)

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Lima Gold Pre Bonsai 3-4 Yr. (#631)
Lima Gold is a wonderful dwarf Japanese maple that has a cheery bright appearance. Great for Bonsai, as its maximum height is about 2.5 feet in 10 years. A dwarf maple, Lima Gold has a dense form with tiny seven-lobed leaves are yellow-green in spring and summer, then turn to straw yellow in autumn. This tree has minimal grafting scars and beautiful branching, making it a perfect candidate for bonsai. This is a 3 year one gallon plant.

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Pre Bonsai Ruby Stars (Beni Hoshi) (#30)

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Pre Bonsai Ruby Stars (Beni Hoshi) (#30)
This Acer palmatum Ruby Stars Japanese maple is ideal for Bonsai since the grafting scars are minimal and very low. The Ruby Stars has medium small leaves that will reduce in size nicely when used for bonsai. Summertime foliage is pleasing brick red. This maple is 2-3 yrs old, 1 gallon plant. Ruby Stars is a dwarf that if planted out in the landscape will reach about 5-6′

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Red Leaf Japanese Maple bonsai starts

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Red Leaf Japanese Maple bonsai starts
Maple Tree Bonsai starts. These are Red leaf Japanese maple seedlings Acer palmatum that are in their second year of growth. They are grown in 4" pots. There may be one in a pot or several. Plants are 8-10" tall and have branching. Great for training for bonsai or growing out for landscape or container. $38.95 / Price is for 4.

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