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Gallery: Maples

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This is the first in a series of species specific galleries designed with the intention of creating a resource of inspiration as well as a source of enjoyment for all. It is our hope that those who favor the particular species featured and those who seek inspiration for designing bonsai of this species will find these galleries valuable and educational.

We have compiled the photographs in these galleries from submitted photographs, various sources such as contest entries and galleries here at AoB. This gallery, like all of our galleries, is meant to be dynamic and to grow as more trees are submitted. Please send any trees you feel would add to this gallery to will@artofbonsai.org for consideration.

The Maple has captured the hearts of bonsai lovers everywhere. With leaves that change color according to the season and gracefully fall off in autumn, revealing the artistic mastery of fine ramification and branch placement, the maple offers us many views, each magnificent, throughout the year.

There are over 150 species of maples world-wide, many are already being used for bonsai and many more are sure to be. Maples can grow very quickly, especially in the ground, they have small leaves that can be reduced easily, and they have many cultivars that offer a wide variety of leaf size and shape, as well as various bark textures. The maple may well offer more diversity to the bonsai artist than any other species.

We hope that you find the follow photographs as inspiring and enjoyable as we do.

Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum)

Artist: Walter Pall
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Height: 90 cm, 35.43 inches
Pot: Derek Aspinall

Artist: Jacques Graulus Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Height: 40 cm, 15.8 inches
Pot: Tokoname

Artist: Walter Pall
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Height: 19 cm, 7.48 inches
Pot: Germany, handmade

Artist: Jim Doyle
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Height: 30 inches, 76.20 cm
Pot: Chinese

Artist: Vance Wood
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Artist: Qingquan Zhao
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Artist: Walter Pall
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Trident Maples (Acer buergerianum)

Artist: Wolfgang Putz
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)
Height: 15 cm, 5.91 inches
Pot: Horst Heinzlreiter

Artist: Nick Lenz
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)
Height: 51 cm, 20.08 inches

Artist: Wolfgang Putz
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)
Height: 45 cm, 17.72 inches
Pot: Horst Heinzlreiter (Austria)

Artist: Nick Lenz
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)
Height: 46 cm, 18.11 inches

Artist: Thomas J Mozden
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)
Height: 66 cm, 26 inches
Pot: houtoku

Artist: Thomas J Mozden
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)
Height: 35.5 cm, 14 inches
Pot: Tokoname

Artist: Walter Pall
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)

Artist: Walter Pall
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)

Artist: Nick Lenz
Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)
Gargoyle by Shimazu

European Field Maples (Acer campestre)

Artist: Walter Pall
European Field Maple (Acer campestre)
Height: 70 cm, 27.56 inches
Pot: Derek Aspinall

Artist: Karl Thier
European Field Maple (Acer campestre)
Height: 70 cm, 27.56 inches
Pot: Ingrid Kralovec

Artist: Walter Pall
European Field Maple (Acer campestre)

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