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I have been wanting to buy a yew for a while, went walking thru the greenhouse at our local guy and found this. Plan on working on it soon, ignoring the deadwood I removed today. Suggestions? Multiple trunk seems to be what it is, ok with going that direction - other options?
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I've been looking for ideas on this, disappointed it doesn't have more of a central trunk - found this image, think it's a decent direction.. first is the stock, others are mine, different angles..
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Legit....when it comes to absolute best use of material in every way possible.....

I think the best use for this is to keep it to trade.

I have like 3 yews on my walk to the school now that I could probly use that to trade for and end up with a way doper tree quick.

I understand not everyone is up for these things, and I surely don't think that is the only use, just the best best. The quickest.

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At least let this be a lesson that you need to study before you buy, not after. What makes a nice shrub from the top view is not what makes a good bonsai. If you shop all day with a fistful of cash burning a hole in your pocket and buy nothing at all, you're on the right track. You should wait until you look into a shrub and say to yourself, "I can do this, and that, and remove this, and bend that..." If you don't have some kind of a preliminary plan before you buy it, don't. Cleaning up the inside is not a plan.
 

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If you shop all day with a fistful of cash burning a hole in your pocket and buy nothing at all, you're on the right track. You should wait until you look into a shrub and say to yourself, "I can do this, and that, and remove this, and bend that..." If you don't have some kind of a preliminary plan before you buy it, don't.
This; Every time i go looking for nurcery materials, my girlfriends say to me, just pick one out. No i want a good candidate. And usually i end up buying nothing.
In the beginning i did not think about what i wanted to do with my new tree. But no i look for something i really can use, and that is quite hard to find.
 

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I guess for now I cut it back and put in the yard - if nothing else, it becomes a totem. Reminder not to buy junk

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While we're at it, often, very often, a really ugly shrub hides a good bonsai candidate. Keep you eyes open in your neighborhood for out-of-place, mis-shapened shrubs that are eyesores that you say to yourself, "That doesn't belong there". Especially if someone new moves in, it can go out in the trash in spring clean up. You can even ask the resident if they want it removed for free (along with you filling up the hole). Some percentage of the time the resident will be pleased, and the worse that can happen is they say no, so not much to lose!
 

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While we're at it, often, very often, a really ugly shrub hides a good bonsai candidate. Keep you eyes open in your neighborhood for out-of-place, mis-shapened shrubs that are eyesores that you say to yourself, "That doesn't belong there". Especially if someone new moves in, it can go out in the trash in spring clean up. You can even ask the resident if they want it removed for free (along with you filling up the hole). Some percentage of the time the resident will be pleased, and the worse that can happen is they say no, so not much to lose!
I am considering an email on the neighborhood exchange, asking for just that - let me take a shot at any shrubs you are going to remove... I'd help remove, maybe throw some money in to sweeten the pot, get an old bush in exchange...

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Is there any sign of nebari below the soil line?
 

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Is there any sign of nebari below the soil line?
That's an answer I should know but didn't - two hours later.... Uneven, but definitely not straight up and down

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Why not train it as a broom? Looks like a perfect candidate. You could leave deadwood stalks in place
 

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Why not train it as a broom? Looks like a perfect candidate. You could leave deadwood stalks in place
After messing with it today, I'm more attached to it. I think you're right, I could see it being a broom - I am not sure what I wanted it to be, but that might be nice. Hopefully, it greens back up.
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