Sugar Maple Bonsai

The art of bonsai is agreed by many to be a time-consuming yet rewarding interest. Bonsai plants take some patience, and getting it right every time may not be an easy feat. To add to that, the different species demand different nurturing methods for the best growth. In that sense, bonsai from the Aceraceae family is an excellent example of a majestic tree that will be worth the time and attention spent.

Also known as the maple bonsai, this Canadian tree is known for its strong and resilient nature. Their leaves are brightly colored, and their barks, tough. The bonsai quest to grow a Sugar Maple as a house plant however, is not as successful as its Japanese maple variety.


The Acer Saccharum is densely branched with a rounded shrub. It strong nature can be seen through the way it corky bark becomes rough in winter. As an outdoor plant, it features various resistances to watering conditions as well as temperature and positioning. The Japanese maple bonsai for instance, thrive in slightly acidic conditions, and can be grown indoors. The Canadian Sugar Maple cannot be grown indoors as there are environments that cannot be recreated in confinement.

Growing conditions

Since germinating the sugar maple for bonsai purposes is virtually impossible, this tree must be planted like a normal tree. Many expert growers have tried and discovered that the sugar maple would grow large leaves and long inter-nodes, closing any chances of cultivation through training and trimming. Note that growing from a seed would take even more time to just form the shape of the tree.

Like the Japanese maple, propagation through cutting is the best way to plant your sugar maple bonsai. Although this tree requires a lot of sunlight, some shade every now and then would still be good for its growth, especially in regard of its root system.