Big thuja.

Eckhoffw

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First off, I have a rather urgent question. I just dug this tree up and revealed this. I need to know if I should keep the very high roots on the right or cut them off now?
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It’s tough. Lots of fine roots up there. 😬
 
I just dug up this tree today. Kind of a damaged tree my father was willing to see go. 😁
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Multiple specimens was my first thought, too..

But if you want to keep the WHOLE thing. I’d personally cut those high roots off now...

The tree is pretty much at it’s maximum level of “pissed” already... 🤣🤣 I’d do it now.
 
You see this alot when digging through underbrush/overgrowth(?) where branches became layered.. seasons ago.creating a competitive new trunk ..but to “Big, Wobbly Thuja”.. That’s a branch.. and branches ‘aint shit.. she can drop ‘em like Brown-bagged Brass Monkey.

Hmmm..

Sorce is probably on base with his assumptions..🤣🤣

I just respond to treework like Leatherface, sometimes.
 
Those roots seem quite associated with that trunk. Reckon losing it is a possibility.

"Big Thuja" sounds like that girl at the park who is always drinking.

Sorce
So you think keeping em is advisable?
 
So you think keeping em is advisable?

I reckon only if you want that trunk.
Hell...

Cut that off seperate with them roots!

Plant both!

Sorce
 
Not to much different here to report. Was going to do some wiring, but was too distracted by branches I want to remove.
I plan on some reduction next June or so. So I wait.
Suggestions still very welcome. 😙 C525839D-2BF1-48E0-80B4-9EEF99E9817C.jpeg4234713D-D9FB-4B38-B608-56488661517F.jpeg5D40DF32-83F3-433F-932B-455DD05A0B7B.jpeg86C4C8E9-375B-4C18-A827-2E36DA3CA719.jpegC1B4D1C4-5C22-4B95-9128-94BA7A89E76B.jpeg
 
You can definetly remove those high roots, they are not a part of the true root system. As you mentioned, thuja put out roots in any collection of damp material. The root flare is clearly the lower section, and where this tree starts.
 
You can definetly remove those high roots, they are not a part of the true root system. As you mentioned, thuja put out roots in any collection of damp material. The root flare is clearly the lower section, and where this tree starts.
Thank you. Probably wait till next spring, no?
 
Took Big Thuja away from its spot against the fence today.

She’s grown pretty well so far this season. Another tree I just wanted to run free for a while. 07B4FE0C-2396-47A6-B089-99BDF6F1749E.jpeg53D4EE52-9CA0-4FA1-910F-7525914F9EE8.jpegA551A53F-D113-45BA-90FB-817FDFA7B0B7.jpegE8276670-9D4C-4E8D-9E7F-2499C2771448.jpeg
I guess I e been a bad parent. 9C6E8A48-1620-46C6-A45E-AF04AD0C6673.jpeg
Im surprised the crown of this tree hasn’t been strangled!
Pic of the trunk. A40D7AF9-65C8-47F9-B9C5-1BE405E3D199.jpeg
This is a tree I could definitely see being chopped way down. For now, I’ve just trimmed it up and removed wire. 2F619CE6-D3FB-4EC8-98BD-0A458025D030.jpegF92F49B5-39EC-4940-B3AF-8E6087531DEE.jpeg0431E698-A7AC-472B-9E62-867C26A5C7D9.jpeg8BDC7BBA-0D5F-46E5-9530-BA4FB86F3CA3.jpeg
 
I have never seen one of these as a bonsai. I do like the species though because of the soft foliage. I was under that it wouldn’t make a nice bonsai because of the enlarged foliage.
I guess it just needs to be a large tree.
I do see some pads in there.
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I have never seen one of these as a bonsai. I do like the species though because of the soft foliage. I was under that it wouldn’t make a nice bonsai because of the enlarged foliage.
I guess it just needs to be a large tree.
I do see some pads in there.
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Yes. I think With time, the foliage can be tamed and flattened into respectable pads. It’s a challenge when the foliage likes to turn towards the sun on a vertical plane.
@mattspiniken has some great examples.
 
looks good! like the height
not sure about reduction tho if bringing down how tall it stands…

believe I would be thinking more of discerning defining branches and opening up to air and light throughout -my horticultural experience with them is that, because they love the sun so much, they will ditch their inner valued foliage very readily for new exterior growth
 
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