Boxwood. worth digging?

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Hello. This is my first real post. I am new to bonsai but not new to gardening. I have kept a ficus bonsai alive for about 7 years ago. i got as a present. I have a couple more I wouldn't even call bonsai maybe pre bonsai. I live in North Georgia it does get cold here but mostly mild.
The wife wants these boxwood gone so ether way they are coming out of the ground. Ether cut down or dug.
 

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Hello. This is my first real post. I am new to bonsai but not new to gardening. I have kept a ficus bonsai alive for about 7 years ago. i got as a present. I have a couple more I wouldn't even call bonsai maybe pre bonsai. I live in North Georgia it does get cold here but mostly mild.
The wife wants these boxwood gone so ether way they are coming out of the ground. Ether cut down or dug.

Boxwood make great bonsai and survive digging well. Worth the effort in my opinion.
 

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This one has already been replanted in this spot. It was crudely dug up by a landscaper about 6 years ago. My goal was to give it a couple years and put it in a pot. Here is another pic of it.
 

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Got it out and on the bench. Washed out bottom trimmed up about flat. There is lots of feeder roots on there. Its potted and all of the large cuts sealed. It was dark bu the time I got it done. Will get another pic tomorrow.
 

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This has the bones to become a great tree. I dug a bunch of Boxwoods from a hedge in my front yard about 10 years ago. They are some of my nicest trees. I hope it buds out well for you.
 

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Y'all got some wierd looking boxwood.

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Not a boxwood from what I can see. If it is, removing all green growth can kill it.

From the trunk appearance, the lone remaining leaves and your location in Georgia, I think it more likely a Yaupon Holly (ilex vomitoria) --which makes excellent, tough bonsai.
 

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Not a boxwood from what I can see. If it is, removing all green growth can kill it.

From the trunk appearance, the lone remaining leaves and your location in Georgia, I think it more likely a Yaupon Holly (ilex vomitoria) --which makes excellent, tough bonsai.
Here is a pic of the leaves there were 2 different types planted here.
 

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Here is a pic of it in its home. Maybe it will survive.
 

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Here is a pic of the leaves there were 2 different types planted here.
Definitely Yaupon Holly. NOT a boxwood. Yaupon is often used as a hedging plant because it backbuds very well after hard pruning, which makes it excellent for bonsai.

BTW, if it were a boxwood you would have dulled a saw on removing those roots alone. Old Boxwood wood is very dense and heavy, so dense it tends not to float in water.
 

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Is this a boxwood? Here is a pic of the leaves
 

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Is this a boxwood? Here is a pic of the leaves
Holly. probably another variety of Yaupon. Boxwood leaves are opposite each other. Holly leave alternate on the stem. Also boxwood leaves are smooth edged, no serrations (even though serrations are faint here, they're present)
 

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Holly. probably another variety of Yaupon. Boxwood leaves are opposite each other. Holly leave alternate on the stem. Also boxwood leaves are smooth edged, no serrations (even though serrations are faint here, they're present)
Thank you. I either was told wrong or forgot and remembered wrong. I'm going to say its me. So I got two more to pot up. I think I'm going to trim them back and leave in the ground for a little bit more
 

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Here is a pic of the leaves there were 2 different types planted here.

Definitely a holly. It appears to me to be a Japanese holly (versus Yaupon). It is almost impossible to distinguish the two by just looking at the leaves since they are almost identical. Easiest method is if you have any visible fruit, since Yaupon fruit is red and Japanese holly is black. Otherwise look at young new growth. Japanese holly the new shoots will have green stems. Yaupon holly will have purple or greyish purple stems on new growth.

Here is what Yaupon holly stems look like. I will take photos of Japanese holly and post them later (my Japanese hollies are at another location). Looking at your photo, it appears all the young stems are green.

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Definitely a holly. It appears to me to be a Japanese holly (versus Yaupon). It is almost impossible to distinguish the two by just looking at the leaves since they are almost identical. Easiest method is if you have any visible fruit, since Yaupon fruit is red and Japanese holly is black. Otherwise look at young new growth. Japanese holly the new shoots will have green stems. Yaupon holly will have purple or greyish purple stems.

Here is what Yaupon holly stems look like. I will take photos of Japanese holly and post them later (my Japanese hollies are at another location). Looking at your photo, it appears all the young stems are green.

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Thank you for the info. It makes me happy this little guy is going to make it.
With the shari on the main trunk and the lean the trunk has makes me think of a old decrepit tree you would see in a old cemetery. Or a tree you would see in a horror movie. Im going to try and keep some of the limbs to carve on i got some lime Sulphur for the jin.Its a project for sure maybe I'm up to the task.
 

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Update. I think it's going to make it. The one still in the ground is looking about the same, buds everywhere. Its like the dig and repot didn't affect it a bitView attachment 433427View attachment 433428
If it makes it through the summer ensure to protect it well during the winter. Maybe healed in next to your home. Good luck it looks awesome
 

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