Red Maple


Excellent tree for the beginner bonsai enthusiast with beautiful green leaves changing colours in the fall—a must-have bonsai.

Red Maples (Acer Rubrum) are vigorous growers with relatively small leaves and can develop large trunks and quickly look much older than they are. One of the easiest of the maples to grow, the red in the fall colour, is a sight to behold. 

These are not seeds - But Actual Bonsai Tree

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page, for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).



Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 


Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost


Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock


If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 


Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 



One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.


Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Dave Wilkes (Regina, CA)
Baby Red Maple

My new addition arrived rite on time, carefully protected, and looking healthy, happy and ready to join the rest of my “family “. Thx for your care in getting it here.

George Warda (Laval, CA)
Well packaged

I received the Red maple. Very well packaged. It is in a dormant stage right now. I put it in my heated garage to that it does bud too early. Once the warmer weather comes I will bring it inside and repot and trim it. It is too early to comment but it looks like it is in very good shape.

John Tofflemire (Napanee, CA)
Red Maple

Plant arrived well packed. Has been sitting near a window. Not much to say, as it is dormant right now.

Bryan Priddy (Stoney Creek, CA)

Package arrived quickly and securely packaged. Communication was great as well with the explanation of how their shipping process works. Would definitely purchase again.

Khalid Rafiq (Calgary, CA)

Red Maple

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