Meet Clive Taylor– A Master of Koto Hime Japanese Maple Propagation & Bonsai Training Techniques

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Clive Taylor is a long time serious bonsai hobbyist who lives just south of Detroit, Michigan, in the town of Gibraltar. His home is situated on a peninsula facing Lake Erie, a beautiful setting for his bonsai collection. Although most of his bonsai are Koto Hime Japanese maples, Acer palmatum ‘Koto Hime,’ other maple species and cultivars can be seen as well as few others.

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In addition to mastering maple propagation he is creative and an innovator as well. His large Japanese red maple forest has a prominent rock in the foreground. It continued to be pushed away from tree roots so Clive inserted a bolt in the back of the stone and bolted it to a tree in the back to prevent additional movement.

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Professionally, Clive was an excavating contractor for over 30 years and was known as “The Pond Man” because he installed water features. Now retired, he…

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