Thursday, September 24, 2009

Japanese maple #10

This is a Jpanese maple, Acer palmatum 'Kiohime'. It is styled very much like an old broadleaved tree and not like a typical bonsai. As so often it looks better without foliage. This great tree miraculously found it's way into my garden recently. The first images are from February 2009 when it was still in Italy. When I got it and it was just a green ball and the pot was way too small for my taste. I put it into a larger pot (Petra Tomlinson) which is better suited, I think. Actually I just placed the intact rootball into the larger pot and surrounded it with substrate. I do not want to repot such tree in fall. April would be a much better time. Then I cut out a few holes into the crown to give it some structure. The real styling will happen in winter after the foliage fell off. I think this will become a very important piece of my collection.


Sebastijan Sandev said...

Beautiful tree Walt. Simply beautiful. Elegant, old and powerful in the same time. Proud and lonely. Like it very much!!!

Anonymous said...

Are you going to keep the size of the top/crown as it is now, or will you let it grow higher?

Walter Pall said...

The top will stay as it is, round and wider than the tree high, typical of a natural broadleaved tree. To make a higher and triangular crown to make it look more like a bonsai would be a terrible mistake.


Anonymous said...

I wasn't thinking about a triangular shape, but rather something along the lines of your famous Japanese maple no. 1.

Walter Pall said...

OK, I understand. Well, I think this is not such a good idea with this one. I certainly will work on the structure of the crown. It appanrently was just cut round like a hedge for the past years. This is not good enough for me. This is a high maintenance tree. If you leave it alone for a couple of years all the effort is lost.


Shaukat Islam said...


The foliage is too monotonous, as you have rightly said, it was trimmed like a hedge.

As I can see, you have already started to break the monotony by thinning out some branches to create various layers in the branch structure..... and I am sure in the coming years it will be a very good specimen under your able hands.