I agree, we need more natives!
These would definitely lend themselves to a larger bonsai due to leaf size, but to be honest I'd be more interested in the fall color and winter silhouette than anything.
I collected this sugar maple from our sugar grove this spring. I know these don't make ideal bonsai but to me it's worth a try. I admire all the large trees that give us so much sap every year and I'd like to try and emulate one.
I have a few others as well but I like the curves on this one!
Here's the tree as of today. Just trying to keep the new growth pinched back. This is the chosen front, and given the large space void of roots in the front, we might try a pseudo root over rock design with a custom pot.
Did you really? I'll try to find some more info on it next time I see one of the experts. Hopefully they have some more insight as to what is causing it. I do know that so far it's only found up in your area, along the lake.