I had already mentioned in another thread that a maple seedling is an ideal subject for creating your bonsai. Whenever you go shopping for your maple, keep a sharp eye for anything which is unusual especially when you are looking for young plants or seedlings. Due to the immense genetic diversity in seeds, seedlings show tremendous variation in leaf shapes, growth habits and bark texture. It can truely be said no two plants from the same mother tree are exactly alike. I would encourage buyers to look specially for the leaf variegation in seedlings. As the young leaves unfurl from the bud they normally exhibit the uniform spring color. In early summer as the leaves slowly change to green, a small percentage (no more than 0.1%) of these seedlings show some form of color fading changes and retain some shades of its spring color. The way the pattern forms is a clear indication of the pattern it will exhibit in autumn, a sort of variegation in color designs. Whenever you spot this happening, grab the specimen immediately as you will then have a rare one of a kind of maple hybrid. I will now show you this color variation in my first year Palmatum maple seedling: Note the spring color stays on close to the mid vein of the leaf lobes.