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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31187

I have a Chinese juniper see attached photo.

I'm considering future planning and I like wind swept style trees.

With that in mind I'm considering pruning the vertical branch where the tree bends.
This is a fairly big branch and taking it off is irreversible. So I'm having conflicting thoughts.

I am aware bonsai is an art and it would be down to my personal taste and i will be the only one who ever sees it but i just wanted other people's thoughts.

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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31188

Id keep the top of the tree, get rid of the side branch that is thick and turn it into a shohin bun jin tree, my other option that id do is leave it as is and put it in the ground or a much larger container and get that twisted trunk to get thicker, and the overall tree bigger- and get tight foliage to eventually get pads- at least top of the tree has some good movement, at least it looks that way from the pictures
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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31189

to clarify, the side branch i'm talking about is the one on the right? at least I thing it was on the right in the pictures- it looks to have some revers taper.
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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31190

sel64@sbcglobal.net wrote: Id keep the top of the tree, get rid of the side branch that is thick and turn it into a shohin bun jin tree


Interesting idea.

Are you talking about the lowest side branch?
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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31192

The one I have marked?

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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31200

it looks good to me, why would you take that brach off? I would bend the right branch downwards to the right cascade and also the left, and bend the top that direction too, that my vision so. I like the tree as it is
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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31233

why would you take that brach off?


It's growing downwards and has reverse taper
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Should I? 10 months 2 weeks ago #31249

By this size it's easy be wired an placed into another position. The flexibility of the thin branches still permits you to do it.
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