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Trident Maple Leaf Characteristics

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scottroxburgh:
I am looking at doing some Trident grafting next spring (Autumn here in Aus) and have many seedlings from which to graft but many have different leaf characteristics.

After reading a number of Bonsai today/focus, I have read that there is 'not ideal' foliage but what is the ideal?

I assume that smaller is better but is that all that matters?

Is it best to have very separate lobs on each leaf, a certain shape leaf, rounded leaves, sharp points, blunt points...can you see where I am coming from?

any help would be great.

Thanks

Scott.

bwaynef:
I don't have the answer to your question, but I recall Al mentioning somewhere that Trident leaves now don't look like Tridents used to.  I'll try to find it.

MatsuBonsai:
What type of grafting?  For what purpose?  That may help with the answer.

scottroxburgh:
Thanks for the replys

Sorry I should have mentioned, I have a large Trident 4-5 inches think and I am thinking about threadgrafting a new trunk onto.

The reason for this is that there are no low branches or movement/taper and a very large scar that I would like to cut off.

My other option is just to cut it back below any branches (and the scar) and hope for it to bud where i would like it to.

As i said, it is mainly for a whole new trunk and a bit of practice.

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