The trident maple is an Asian maple species with limited frost hardiness. It is very popular for Bonsai because of its nice little leaves, fine ramification, pretty bark and great vigor.

This progression is about a trident maple at the upper limit of shohin size (about 25 cm). Good shohin and chuhin Bonsai are very expensive when they are well trained. Now and then however, good raw material is available for a reasonable price and can be developed into nice Bonsai during a few years.



Trident maple bonsai

Trident maple

This little trident maple Bonsai was acquired at a German Bonsai nursery in February 2007. It was raw material imported from Japan.

First the branches were selected and wired.


Wiring the bonsai

Trident maple bonsai tree

The tree was repotted into a nicer pot in March 2007.


June 2007


In June 2007 the trident maple had grown nicely. A sacrifice branch was growing in order to make a strong first branch on the right side.

In October 2007, nice fall color had developed.



Acer bonsai

After the leaves were gone it was obvious that the branches on the right side were still weaker than those on the left side.

In April 2008 the new leaves are growing.



Winter time for this Acer

Nice colors again in October 2008.

Some progress in the branch structure can be noticed in March 2009.


August 2009

Freshly trimmed in June 2009.


2010 show

At a small exhibition in July 2010, there was a competition for the most erotic shohin Bonsai... the little red swimsuit in the tree helped to win the prize.


Halloween Bonsai tree

Halloween display in October 2011.



Bonsai acer

Trident maple bonsai

Lovely fall color in October 2012 and without leaves a short time later.