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Tap Root Willow Oak 8 months 3 weeks ago #35303

I have a willow oak tree that I bought from a nursery, which was about 3.5 feet tall, but it had a lot of smaller branch growth near the bottom of the trunk that had not been pruned. I cut the top part of the tree off and left the smaller branches at the bottom to train into a bonsai. I left the tree in the original pot for a full season and then re-potted into a temporary container. When I re-potted I cut back the smaller roots, but did not cut the tap root. After two more seasons I re-potted again (to put into a decorative container), and trimmed the smaller roots some, but was afraid to cut the larger tap root. The tree looks great and is growing well, but is in a little larger container than I would like because of the tap root. I have a picture of the tree in the autumn before I last re-potted it attached. Would it be ok to cut off the large tap root during the next root trimming?

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Tap Root Willow Oak 8 months 3 weeks ago #35304

Hard to tell without seeing the roots. Normally it should not be a problem for a healthy tree. If you are unsure, you can always place a tourniquette around the toproot, just below the surface roots and remove the root a year later.
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