Field Maple Thoughts

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Thinking a bit ahead for what I want to achieve with bonsai material this year, I’ve decided that when the time is right, I’ll have a go at air layering a couple of cut back branches on this field maple growing in my hedge.

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I’ve identified these two which are low down with good movement and I really like the corky ridged bark that has developed.  Fingers crossed that I get round to it and that they take root ok.

Looking around the rest of the garden I decided to inspect other field maple material in the beds.  This one was planted in the ground two years ago with a tourniquet in order to grow new nebari.  I plan to dig it up and investigate how successful it was as soon as the buds begin to swell.

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Over the past year its developed a very interesting feature, corky bark similar to the potential air layer branches in the first couple of photos.

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I had always thought of field maple as having smooth bark, even when mature but a while ago a friend showed me an unusual bonsai tree that at first sight I thought was a winged spindle.  Turns out that it was a field maple!  Seems I’ve got the same cultivar growing here?

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However it is interesting to note that this only appears on the branches and not so much the trunk.  The trunk is showing a bit of maturity  with its textured surface but not so much cork like. Strange.  I think I’ll air layer the top of this tree as its needs reduced anyway.

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