Blue Leaf Bonsai Acer Fraud


I know it seems odd to anyone who has grown bonsai for any length of time but outside that circle there are people who log on to Ebay and come across this interesting specimen the 

Blue Japanese Maple Bonsai Acer Seeds Rare Unusual Stunning Garden Plant

the seeds of which can be purchased for £2.49 and it seems that over 800 packs of them have been sold.


Nor does this one the Pink Version

coloured acer

As you can see both photos are of the same tree recoloured by a Photoshop or similar graphics programme. The actual tree belonged to reputable bonsai enthusiast Ken Norman who said that it never even produced seeds.

It really annoys me that these packs are probably bought by newcomers to bonsai and quite possibly for children to get them interested and though the cost may be modest the sum involved is now getting larger as the vendor has added various other weirdly coloured plants and trees to their online shop. Complaints have I am told been made to Ebay but nothing has happened.

Other vendors are on the other side of the world, China ,Hong Kong etc and little can be done but this one in particular according to their Ebay  is based in the Bristol area.

So to draw attention to what I can only call a fraud I have written to Trading Standards in Bristol  a letter that can be viewed by this link        Bonsai Fraud

If they take any notice I will let you know.

It would be nice if the pathway that is Bonsai was a straight path not a crooked one.

About Michael Cooper

Bonsai enthusiast and artist. After recording the rural scene in watercolours for over thirty years and having my own studio gallery I am now semi retired. I still sell my prints though to customers worldwide via my website and through the Somerset Crafts Gallery, Avalon Marshes Centre,Westhay nr Glastonbury BA6 9TT. The rest of the time is spent looking after my bonsai trees, I like the exercise.
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2 Responses to Blue Leaf Bonsai Acer Fraud

  1. Michael,
    Thank you for writing about this and drawing attention. It has been making me angry as I too have been watching this go on for a while now. eBay is a fraud in itself and actually harbors these types of sellers. So sad. My wife has a store on eBay and you won’t believe the kind of things they let people get away with. I hope your letter reaches someone who cares. Cheers!


  2. Ken Norman says:

    The pink and/or blue maple is still safely in our hands and will be brilliant red in early spring but never pink, blue or anything similar! Ken and Ann. Happy new year to all!


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