Eastern Hemlock Advice

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I found this tree over the summer but decided to wait until last week to dig it up. I'm still very new to bonsai and have been getting free trees growing wild to learn on. I really like the look of hemlocks and have started playing with this a little bit. I'm just trying to get some advice on this tree. Opinions on the front of the tree and if I should keep the lower branch permanently or use it as a sacrificial branch. If this tree works out good I'm sure I can find more that are older. Thanks
 

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Nice find! If you just dug it out of the ground last week and then also wired it up, I would leave it to grow without touching it again for a good year. Hemlocks are lovely trees but they can react pretty adversely to being uprooted (or just being repotted), and with the wiring at the same time I'd let it start growing vigorously before doing any more styling. The lowest branch would probably be a sacrifice in most cases.
 

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I'll concur with the above. Also keep in mind these do not back-bud so be careful what you remove.
 

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Nice find! If you just dug it out of the ground last week and then also wired it up, I would leave it to grow without touching it again for a good year. Hemlocks are lovely trees but they can react pretty adversely to being uprooted (or just being repotted), and with the wiring at the same time I'd let it start growing vigorously before doing any more styling. The lowest branch would probably be a sacrifice in most cases.
Should I leave to wire or take it off for now?
 

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I would probably carefully cut and remove the wire, but most of the stress of the wiring is probably in the initial bending, so I don't actually know if it would be more helpful to remove it or not at this point. Others might have better advice on that than I do.
 

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