Can I use a sugar maple for bonsai

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Can I use a sugar maple for bonsai

Post  jordonallen on Thu May 09, 2013 7:13 pm

So I have recently purchased a bonsai tree from walmart that a few people have been very helpful with. I did not find anything on here about sugar maples. I have seen other people do this. It seems more so that people use Japanese maples more so. I am assuming because of their pretty red color.

Is it okay to use a sugar maple? If so how do I go about starting this process? What are the concerns for taking a sugar maple out of the ground?
Also any advice about shaping the tree would be nice as well. I want to start a few trees so that I can learn. Most of the small trees where I live get run over by a lawn mower or destroyed in another way. I figured this would be a good way for me to learn and save some trees.

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Re: Can I use a sugar maple for bonsai

Post  JimLewis on Thu May 09, 2013 7:17 pm

Your first two sentences leave me a tad confused, but I am assuming that the sugar maple is NOT the tree you bought at WalMart.

Sugar maple is not ideal for bonsai. The leaves are large and are unlikely to reduce much. It would have to be a quite large bonsai.

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Re: Can I use a sugar maple for bonsai

Post  jordonallen on Thu May 09, 2013 8:05 pm

JimLewis wrote:Your first two sentences leave me a tad confused, but I am assuming that the sugar maple is NOT the tree you bought at WalMart.

Sugar maple is not ideal for bonsai. The leaves are large and are unlikely to reduce much. It would have to be a quite large bonsai.

Yes I was just mentioning the bonsai tree from walmart made me interested. Sorry if I wasnt clear. And I searched the forum for sugar maple and I found nothing.

Okay I was not sure if a sugar maple would be suitable. Thank you for helping.

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Re: Can I use a sugar maple for bonsai

Post  -keith- on Fri May 10, 2013 12:53 am

i have had success reducing sugar maple from the size of my hand to about 2 inches across so it can be done

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Post  JimLewis on Fri May 10, 2013 1:10 pm

from the size of my hand to about 2 inches across

Still pretty big, which is why they'd need to be large bonsai.

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