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A Dangerously Beautiful Tree that Grows Against all the Rules of Bonsai

10/13/18

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I borrowed this luminous Amur maple (Acer ginalla) from Mariusz Folda's Ibuki Studio Bonsai & Ceramics. Here's Mariusz' caption... "Everybody who knows the growth characteristics of the variety knows how ginalla is unique with their branch structure. It happens that It just grows against all 'the rules of bonsai’ ?  Still I wanted to show the true nature of the tree. It was developed from a yamadori. It was a perfect stamp (does he mean 'stump'?) and the rest is a result of many years of our cooperation (?). 75 cm high. Pot and table by Ibuki." We found all three images shown here and this caption on Mariusz' fb timeline

Continuing with our fall color theme, we’ve got a tree that you seldom see used for bonsai and that we’ve never featured after almost ten years of posting. I can think of at least two reasons for this absence: First (as mentioned in the caption above) it just grows against all the rules of bonsai. Second, it is considered an invasive species (at least here in the U.S., see below), so it may be difficult or impossible to find in nurseries
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Close of the trunk and some of the luminous leaves...

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Here’s a quote from the Morton Arboretum… “Amur maple has invasive traits that enable it to spread aggressively. This tree is under observation and may be listed on official invasive species lists in the near future. Review of risks should be undertaken before selecting this tree for planting sites. One tree can produce more than 5,000 two-winged seeds that are widely spread by wind. In open woods, Amur maple displaces native shrubs and understory trees. In prairies and open fields, it can shade out native species of plants, disrupting the ecosystems that plants and animals depend on.

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Tree and stand which, along with the pot, was made by Ibuki Studio

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