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Acer Truncatum

Post  p@scal on Sat Nov 20, 2010 1:41 pm

Wink Hello,
I'm looking for info on the Acer Trucatum because we do not see too bonsai.
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Re: Acer Truncatum

Post  JimLewis on Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:48 pm

Just from a quick read, it might have leaves that are a bit too large. http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/a/acetru/acetru1.html

It is hardy in the ground to zone 4; pots probably to 5.

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Post  p@scal on Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:13 pm

Thank you, because I have a sapling in my garden in the land for the train later in bonsai scratch

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Post  Randy_Davis on Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:17 pm

pascal47 wrote: Wink Hello,
I'm looking for info on the Acer Trucatum because we do not see too bonsai.
Thank you

Pascal47,

I have used A. truncatum as bonsai and while it does have some difficulties (long leaf petiole) it will make a very nice bonsai subject. For me, I love the bark. It's got lovely color and gets very thick and corky over time and makes a wonderful winter display. Here's a pic of one that I've been working on for a few years.


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Post  p@scal on Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:08 pm

Very nice thank you Randy, mine begins to have a cork bark. Smile

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Post  jjbacoomba on Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:41 pm

heres mine. Just got it about a month ago. Havent worked on it much except to trim it down to about half the size it was when I got it. The leaves on mine are brown ish I think from heat here in texas. Hopefully that will change in the spring.Randy, your tree is beautiful.

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Post  DreadyKGB on Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:25 pm

Randy,
Have you found that these maples back bud well? I have found an area of forest where there are a number of trees that have been damaged some how(probably deer) and have great lower trunks, but they are shaded by larger trees and the foliage is very far from the trunk. I'd like to try one, but wasn't sure. Thanks.

Todd

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Post  Randy_Davis on Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:58 pm

DreadyKGB wrote:Randy,
Have you found that these maples back bud well? I have found an area of forest where there are a number of trees that have been damaged some how(probably deer) and have great lower trunks, but they are shaded by larger trees and the foliage is very far from the trunk. I'd like to try one, but wasn't sure. Thanks.

Todd

Hi Todd,

Yes, A. truncatum buds back quite well, as do most maple species. I suspect that your forest trees are not A. truncatum though. A. truncatum is a chinese species and not at all common in the US.

Randy

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Post  DreadyKGB on Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:25 am

Randy,
Thanks for the info. There are mostly the Acer planatoides growing in the area but there are a few of what I believe to be A. truncatum seeded from some older landscape trees about a 1/2 mile away.I could be wrong but the leaf shape matches. Anyway I plan to try out both varieties next year as some larger sized trees.

Todd

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Post  BrianLarson on Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:51 am

I have used A. Truncatum and found that it has excellent fall color, and also looks fantastic in early spring. As mentioned before it has rather large leaves and long petioles. I remove larger leaves and the longer petioles gradually throughout the year and have had limited success in reducing leaf size/petiole length. I have not tried a full defoliation yet, but the species seems hardy enough to tolerate it. I recommend giving it a try as bonsai... Maybe best suited to medium to large sizes.

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Post  p@scal on Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:13 am

BrianLarson wrote:I have used A. Truncatum and found that it has excellent fall color, and also looks fantastic in early spring. As mentioned before it has rather large leaves and long petioles. I remove larger leaves and the longer petioles gradually throughout the year and have had limited success in reducing leaf size/petiole length. I have not tried a full defoliation yet, but the species seems hardy enough to tolerate it. I recommend giving it a try as bonsai... Maybe best suited to medium to large sizes.

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