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Japanese Maple Arakawa Bonsai

 

I purchased this Arakawa online from The Growing Grounds bonsai nursery who are located in North Carolina. It arrived here in a box on 12/17/07 and it was about 14 years old at that time. The Arakawa (translation ‘rough bark’) cultivar is known for its characteristic ‘cork’ bark which is my favorite aspect.

 
 
 

7 Comments

  1. mandy johnson says:

    wow.. those images of images of japanese maple bonsai are so beautiful. no wonder, those little trees can lighten up anybody’s day.

  2. John Hosie says:

    This is one of my favorite Japanese Maple trees. They are phenomenal as bonsai because it has old-looking bark in a young tree. I wonder, though, why there are not any variations on these trees marketed – such as tiny leaves or red or variegated leaves.

  3. dustin says:

    Wow!!! beautiful. Nice work. Do you know if Arakawa will survive Texas summer climate?

    • steve says:

      Thanks Dustin! I’m not sure about summer air temp limits, but I know that the leaves do burn with too much direct sun, and that they need to have at least a month or two of cold weather dormancy. Assuming you have cold enough winters, you would probably be ok as long as you protect it from the harsh sun with a shade cloth or similar. Cheers!

  4. Tom says:

    I live in Pennsylvania and just purchased one of these from someone in California. Can I leave it outside all Winter safely?

    • steve says:

      Hi Tom,
      Congrats on your new tree – I think the Arakawa is the best maple you could choose for bonsai.

      Yes, maples are deciduous trees that require a period of winter dormancy to survive. If you keep it warm all year round it will eventually die.

      It won’t hurt to protect it from harsh winds and such, but this is an outside tree. Only tropical trees such as ficus can be kept indoors long term.

      Enjoy,
      Steve

  5. dustin says:

    Thanks Steve. I finally purchased a semi finish Arakawa after finished up my home made sun room / nursery to protect maple from summer direct sun light and heat wave and winter cold wave. Hope my new Arakawa will develop nicely like yours !!! Whenever you decide to sell your tree, I would love to be the first learner, :)

 
 

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