First styling and repot for a Japanese Maple

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So I got this from a local nursery for a really good discounted price. Was told that it was ant infested and might not survive. Once I got it home I didn’t really notice any ants so I have been just letting it get strong and grow. I wanted a “weeping willow” style. I have seen Japanese maple in yards with this look and wanted to try to try this as a bonsai. I reduced the top and wired the branches into the weeping willow style back in December. Recently just re-potted and uncovered some decent nebari that was below the dirt line. My hopes for the next few years is to create a good top and keep reducing the pot size and root ball. Any thoughts on the tree is much appreciated.
 

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Joelshack2362

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To me that trunk is a bit weird. Why don't you airlayer the top, get rid of the middle part and now you have 2 trees?
Haven’t thought of it like that. Could definitely be a possibility. I was thinking the lowest trunk would get bigger over time and possibly make the trunk. Little less weird
 

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To me that trunk is a bit weird.
I agree. It is so weird that it could become a/the bonsai feature. Could be fun figuring it out.
Why don't you airlayer the top, get rid of the middle part and now you have 2 trees?
Not all varieties of Japanese maple can be layered. I suggest that @Joelshack2362 try layering a branch before risking the tree.
If it works, then he gets three trees from one.
If it doesn't, he'll still have this and the pursuit of making that gawd awful trunk into whatever he might make of it for a (world-class, maybe) bonsai.

Story book style?
Cartoon image?
Fine art?


Honestly, it is so awful it amuses me - like a pug, so ugly that it is cute.
 

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Thanks for the info on the air layering that will definitely help have some backup plans incase the crazy doesn’t turn out.

The way I see the trunk and what makes me want the crazy to turn out is the “small waist and big chest”. I hope with the right branch structure it will help to take some of the bad trunk away from the main view. Couldn’t resist the price point that this tree was sold too me for.
 
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