Acer macrophyllum

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Standing 1.2 metres tall, I was able to retain most of this tree, giving it a crown of bright, outreaching limbs, and the beginnings of smaller and lower branches. The lower trunk exhibits where, as a seedling, the tree had to recover from some force that bent it over. The well-spaced and well-proportioned roots have a firm grip on a river rock that initially appears a bit plain, but on closer inspection, reveals a host of colours. This piece shows the natural tones of a peeled, lightly sanded maple tree. An interesting, well-characterized, good-sized tree, that never has to be watered, and should last for generations. "Acer macrophyllum" is the botanical, or Latin name for this tree – a bigleaf maple tree.