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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Judy on November 12, 2012, 08:12 AM

Title: montpelier maple (acer monspessulanum)
Post by: Judy on November 12, 2012, 08:12 AM
I wonder if anyone here has had any experience with Montpelier (or sometimes spelled with 2 L's) Maple, Acer monspesulanum.  They do not seem widely used as bonsai, but seem to have good characteristics.  Small leaves, spring flowers, good fall color...
I would like to know if there would be any developmental tricks to these, as I have read that they are slower growers, and slow to heal wounds.  I've found a nice stock trunk, that I'll be starting to develop branching on next season.  Thanks!
Title: Re: montpelier maple (acer monspessulanum)
Post by: scottroxburgh on November 15, 2012, 12:32 AM
Although I haven't had one, it looks like hedge maple?
Title: Re: montpelier maple (acer monspessulanum)
Post by: Judy on November 15, 2012, 01:07 PM
The leaves are similar in shape, they are actually more heat and drought tolerant than acer campestre, but not as winter hardy.
Title: Re: montpelier maple (acer monspessulanum)
Post by: Judy on November 15, 2013, 07:58 PM
I thought I would post a picture of this tree, from where it started last year as received, and today after another round of cutting and wiring.  Still a very long way to go, but a direction at least has been started.  The trunk will be carved next year, there is a basic outline in black where the carving will be.  I'd welcome any input.