If I bought a crabapple from a local gardening nursery, I mean like a 5 foot tall real tree, and cut it where there was no foliage, would it die? I was reading Morten Albek's book and he did what I described to a cherry, Prunus, and new branches grew making a nice shohin. I do not know if you can cut a crabapple to where there is no foliage and still live. I understand you cant do that to all conifers except yew because they will die if no foliage is left on the tree. By the way, for those of you who do not have Morten Albek's book, Majesty in Minature: Shohin Bonsai, it is a really good book to have in one's library.