5yr Native Tree Challenge: canoeguide's Acer rubrum

canoeguide

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March 28, 2021: I collected this in central Pennsylvania. Many more small red maple trees on the property are similar to this one, but it was chosen for its low movement and flared roots. The tree was approximately 12-15' tall originally.
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March 29: 2021: This was kept damp in a garbage bag until being repotted into an old plastic file box. The substrate used is equal parts pumice, DE, and fir bark. 4 large and relatively radial roots were found. Very few fine roots were left. The chop was re-cut lower and sealed with cut paste. In hindsight, both the roots and the trunk could have been chopped harder.
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May 01, 2021: Buds emerging. Some sprouting from undesirable locations near the base have been rubbed off.
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May 20, 2021:
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June 5, 2021:
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June 20, 2021:
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Really interested to see where this goes. I’m new to bonsai (and really horticulture in general), so when I’ve looked for wild specimens to collect I migrate toward younger trees. We have lots of Acer rubrum here in east texas, I may need to try this.
 

canoeguide

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Really interested to see where this goes. I’m new to bonsai (and really horticulture in general), so when I’ve looked for wild specimens to collect I migrate toward younger trees. We have lots of Acer rubrum here in east texas, I may need to try this.
Mine in this thread is still growing like a weed and as tall as me, awaiting more seasons of growing and chopping. The horticulture part seems pretty easy. Styling, etc. may be more challenging. Here's a couple of resources that you may be interested in!


This tree from @ABCarve was featured in International Bonsai recently: https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/32-year-old-acer-rubrum.42520/
 

Ashadost

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Mine in this thread is still growing like a weed and as tall as me, awaiting more seasons of growing and chopping. The horticulture part seems pretty easy. Styling, etc. may be more challenging. Here's a couple of resources that you may be interested in!


This tree from @ABCarve was featured in International Bonsai recently: https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/32-year-old-acer-rubrum.42520/
These are both great, thanks a lot!
 

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Here's an update on how this grew this year, and its fall colors. The box seems to be full of roots, almost to the surface.
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Pruned and carved. Disregarding the lower right-hand branch (which needs to be removed), 4 branches at staggered heights around the carved chop will be developed. The tallest one in the last image will probably become the apex or main trunk line, since it flows well and is frontward in this view.

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