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Very nice, this is the most promising to be a great bonsai.
 

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Leafing out. I’m thinking about putting this tree in a bonsai pot in a year or two

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Leafing out. I’m thinking about putting this tree in a bonsai pot in a year or two

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If that’s the case start some thread grafts on the all along lower trunk on all sides …on the main tree from that sucker on the right , then in 2 years once those grafts grow on their own, get rid of it .. you will also need to feed it heavily this year to build girth on upper branch , eventuallly it willl need to have a better translation for taper so that dead portion of that upper trunk chop will have to be carved down as well.
 

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If that’s the case start some thread grafts on the all along lower trunk on all sides …on the main tree from that sucker on the right , then in 2 years once those grafts grow on their own, get rid of it .. you will also need to feed it heavily this year to build girth on upper branch , eventuallly it willl need to have a better translation for taper so that dead portion of that upper trunk chop will have to be carved down as well.
I’ve never tried a tread graft before. I was thinking about giving it a shot this year on this or another tree for practice
 

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I’ve never tried a tread graft before. I was thinking about giving it a shot this year on this or another tree for practice
I’d say then 4 years to bonsai pot is a better goal.
 

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I was hoping to get that left lowest branch to have a smoother bend, but I'm afraid it's about to break if I try to force it any further

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Once its bent leave for a week or 2 and then you should be able to get a little more from it
 

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I wonder if you cut back at some point you’d get back budding along trunk
 

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I wonder if you cut back at some point you’d get back budding along trunk
I thought about doing a chop about half way down the trunk. I've tried with a few other hornbeams I don't have posted here with mixed results. Some threw out some lower buds, but a lot pushed one or two right by the base and just a crap ton of suckers.
 

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I thought about doing a chop about half way down the trunk. I've tried with a few other hornbeams I don't have posted here with mixed results. Some threw out some lower buds, but a lot pushed one or two right by the base and just a crap ton of suckers.
Cut back the extended growth up top.. sorry , not cut the trunk, but cut the top branches back , leave them but snip down to 2 or one group to see if it back buds further down.
 
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