Help with black pine structure 5 days 15 hours ago #62835

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Hoping to get some help with the structural design of this black pine I got from nursery stock. I am new to black pines but decided to get one since they seem like such a great tree to shape over time. This one seems to have quite a strong apex, that really dominates the rest of the tree. In trying to train this tree as a bonsai, I wonder if it would make sense to remove that section of the tree just above the next top two branches. I’ve been reading a lot about how to shape these trees and it seems like that section might be causing a bit of imbalance. However, I don’t have much actual experience with black pines, so any advice would help.

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Help with black pine structure 5 days 10 hours ago #62840

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The first thing to realize is that these plants are not really meant to be styled as abonsai straight away. Normally these are used to be grown out a little bit, and build you tree from this.

This would mean that for a few years you let the central trunk grow tall. The smaller side-branches will eventually become the basis for your bonsai. These you keep short for now so later you can build a new trunk and branches with them.
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