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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Acer palmatums for Bonsai (4-5 year)

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Acer palmatums for Bonsai (4-5 year)
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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Aoba jo 3 Year Pre Bonsai (#732)

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Aoba jo 3 Year Pre Bonsai (#732)
Aoba jo is an Acer palmatum dwarf variety with delightful green leaves showing bronzed edges. In Japanese, Aoba jo means “beautiful green leaves”. Hardy and strong growing, this tree has very nice fall colors of yellow, orange and finally turning to scarlet. Mature mounding height is about 3 feet tall, making it an ideal candidate for a potted plant or bonsai. This is a 3 year old one gallon plant with a very low graft.

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Beni Hime Pre Bonsai 3 yr (#751)

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Beni Hime Pre Bonsai 3 yr (#751)
This Beni Hime Acer palmatum Japanese maple is ideal 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 a 3 year old, 2 gallon plant with minimal graft scars. Beni Hime is a dwarf that if planted out in the landscape will reach about 4 feet.

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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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Kamagata Pre Bonsai 3-4 yr (#694)

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Kamagata Pre Bonsai 3-4 yr (#694)
Kamagata is a very nice delicate looking yet sturdy dwarf. The bright green leaves are small and deeply palmate which curve downward at the lobes. In spring the lime green leaves have a reddish tint to them which later turns to a bright, light green in summer. When planted in the landscape, Kamagata forms a small, rounded tree to 5-6 feet high, so this is a perfect candidate for bonsai. This is a 4 year, one gallon plant.

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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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Kuro Hime 2-3 Yr. Pre Bonsai (#764)

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Kuro Hime 2-3 Yr. Pre Bonsai (#764)
Kuro hime is a cheery dwarf that has deep green leaves, red petioles and bright pink-red leaves in the spring, making it ideal for bonsai. This tree has minimal grafting scars and nice branching. Fall color is bright red. Kuro hime forms a dense compact small tree to about 5′ tall in the natural landscape. Tolerates heat well and is all around hardy. This plant is 2-3 year old one gallon plant with a minimal graft scar.

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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 seiryu that are in their second year of growth. They are grown in 4" pots and sold in groups of 4 plants.  Great for training for bonsai or growing out for landscape or container.  

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Orange Dream Pre-Bonsai 1-2 Yr. (#775)

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Orange Dream Pre-Bonsai 1-2 Yr. (#775)
Orange Dream is a lovely Acer palmatum that displays spring colors of bright orange with prominent yellow midribs. Leaves later change to lime-yellow with orange margins. Summer color is a medium yellow green fading to fall colors of bright yellow and gold. This plant has a low graft with interesting texture on the bark. This is a 1-2 year, one gallon plant.

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Pixie Pre-Bonsai 5 yr (#710)

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Pixie Pre-Bonsai 5 yr (#710)
Pixie is like a miniature, slightly bushier version of the Bloodgood, making it a great candidate for bonsai. The crimson red leaves of this nice Japanese maple have beautiful year round color. This tree has nice branching habit, and a minimal graft scar. making it an ideal choice for bonsai. Planted in the landscape, this tree will grow to 6 feet. This is a 4-5 year, two gallon plant with a low graft scar and interesting nebari.

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Purple Blow Maple bonsai starts

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Purple Blow Maple bonsai starts
These are Acer truncatum seedlings that are in their second year of growth.  They are in 4" pots.  Great for training for bonsai. Sold in quantities of 4

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Red Japanese Maple Seedling 2 Yr Pre-Bonsai (#771)
This is a Japanese Maple seedling from a red variety with nice branching structure and no graft scar, making it ideal for bonsai. This is a one gallon 2 year plant. Added bonus of interesting nebari forming.

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