A very classic shohin. This time a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum spp.) from, if I remember it correctly, the Yorozu-en nursery. Although I don’t remember the size, it’s probably around 20 cm (8 inch).
As you might see this tree is still in training. Although every bonsai always in training one way or the other (the only finished tree is a dead one), it’s more obvious with this maple. The branches lack a bit of ramification and the lower left branch is still wired.
Another obvious sign is the black paste on the wound on the trunk. This paste, resembling grey putty helps wounds close faster by providing protection from the elements and a bit of moisture.
Altough this tree is in training, it won’t take long before this small maple becomes yet another shohin masterpiece. The basics are there: a killer trunk with a massive base and root spread, plus the branches are well placed. Personally, I also really, really dig the pot. A lovely blue/green glaze, which combines exceptionally well with the white trunk and the red leaf buds and red leaves in Autumn.