Would the Crimson King make a good Bonsai?

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  1. orcadragon

    orcadragon Member

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    The Crimson King is a maple that holds dark purple leaves throughout the year (not counting winter), I was wondering if this would make a good Bonsai?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No. The leaves are much too large, and don't reduce in size well in bonsai conditions. Only small-leaved maples are much used for bonsai; if you want something with black leaves, try some of the Acer palmatum cultivars.
     
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    Crimson Queen isnot the best for Bonsai. Try Mikawa Yatsubusa, Kamagata, Sharp's Pygmy, Shishigashira and more. Wildwood Maples, Sooner Plant Farm, and Pacific Coast Maples at http://www.pacificcoastmaples.com have Japanese maple bonsai.
     
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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    Would a variety possibly work?

    I was thinking of the one called 'Crimson Sentry'.

    Seems the leaves on ones I've seen are comparable to the bigger Japanese maple leaves.

    But personally, I'd prefer a Japanese maple or vine maple any day. I think vine maples are under-rated many times.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Crimson Sentry isn't as deeply colored and also often mildews heavily on streets and other dry planting sites here. Perhaps one in a bonsai tray might turn out to be quick to mildew if watering ever got at all behind.
     
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    oh...thX
     

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