The leaf reduction on this tree is hit-and-miss for me so far. I have only seen 2 others done in bonsai and both of them were large (4') trees so leaf reduction is most likely difficult but not impossible. Once I have the final shape of the tree done, I'll start tweaking around with soil types, leaf pruning and other techniques and see how it performs. The fall color of this tree is just awesome. It's in the brilliant oranges and reds all swirled together. Along with the color, you get a fantastic smell of what some say is like "cotton-candy", but to me it smells like Apricot jam. This is not ever going to be a tree for the "bonsai purist" but for those of us that like the Natural form of trees in miniature It's one of my favorites even though I know I have at least another 5 or 6 years of work to get it close to what I want. I have heard that this is considered a sacred tree in Japan which has made me want to do some searching on the internet to find the Japanese story about it. I love trees that have stories behind them, its fun to look at them and then consider the story. I for one get a completely different take on a tree with a story.
Boaz, Kentucky US growing zone 6A