Outdoor bonsai

These are trees that, by nature, must be placed outside, ideal for balconies, gardens and terraces

Acer palmatum

Family

Aceraceae

Origin

Japan, Corea.

Etymology

Japanese Maple. From the latin “acer”, hard, because of the hardness of wood and “palmatum ” because its leaves have the same shape as a hand.

Acer palmatum

Characteristics

Tree of deciduous leaves valued for its coloured leaves in autumn and during growth seasons. There exist thousands of varieties, one of the most valued is “deshojo” with a spectacular red colour sprouting period, maintaining the same colour until summer when the colour of the leaves changes to green and then to red again with the beginning of autumn.


Location

Outside during the whole year. Protect against strong sun of noon or place in semi-shadow.


Watering

Abundant in summer and moderate in winter. If the climate is dry, in summer, pulverise the leaves with water because it needs a certain air moisture.


Fertilization

In spring and autumn.

Re-potting

Every two years at the beginning of sprouting in spring.

Substrate

100% Akadama or mixed with a 20% of volcanic earth.


Pruning and pinching

Pruning

Prune at the beginning of spring.

Pinching

During the whole spring with the tips of your fingers

Wiring

In spring.


Curiosities

Its Japanese name momiji is the word as for the colour of autumn.


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Acer palmatum