What is Japanese maple bonsai?


Acer palmatum, called Japanese maple or smooth Japanese maple (Japanese: irohamomiji, イロハモミジ, or momiji, 紅葉) is a species of woody plant native to JapanNorth KoreaSouth Korea, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia. Many different cultivars of this maple have been selected and they are grown worldwide for their attractive leaf shapes and colours. ( The Japanese Red Maple Bonsai Tree from our wholesale nursery is a rare maple that is beloved in the bonsai world for its vibrant display of color.

How to Care:


The Japanese Red Maple should be placed in a location where it received plenty of sunlight in the morning and evening, but is shaded or partially shaded during the intense sun of the afternoon. If the tree is exposed to the sunlight during the heat of the day, the leaves will turn brown and wilt – which will ruin (at least temporarily) the beauty of the tree. Maples in general have sensitive leaves when it comes to harsh sunlight, so be mindful to protect the tree but to also provide adequate lighting.


Watering a Japanese Red Maple Bonsai is not rocket science, but keeping adequate moisture is crucial.  In the tree world Japanese maples are considered shallow rooters . Most feeder roots are within twelve to eighteen inches of the surface for well established older trees. Newly planted trees can have all their roots much shallower that that.

Japanese Red maples bonsai like even soil moisture. On most varieties their leaves are very thin and will dry out and burn quickly when soil moisture is not adequate.



Proper fertilization is one of the keys to successfully growing Japanese red maples bonsai. Although Japanese Red Maples bonsai don’t require high amount of fertilizing, maintaining a low level of fertility throughout the season is necessary to keep your trees healthy and happy.

Fertilizing Japanese red Maples at the proper time is also important. Fertilizing at the wrong time can cause damage to your tree.




Fall and winter is a common time to prune and shape deciduous trees and shrubs japanese red maple bonsai. Exceptions to this are maples which will bleed or ooze sap unless pruned when in leaf.   When maples are pruned in late winter or early spring the wounds flow with sap. If heavy sap flow occurs, pruning should be delayed until midsummer. This flow of sap can lead to disease invasion and weakening of the tree.   The preferred time to prune maples is between mid-July and August, a period when sap won’t run from cuts.   The one time when trees should not be pruned is during early spring when buds are breaking during leaf expansion.