Is this Juniper stump worth collecting?

Irish Dryad

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With all the local walks I've been taking recently due to lockdown I'm finding myself constantly on the lookout for urban yamadori... Especially with collecting season nearly upon us. I spotted this stump in a neighbour's front yard, and at first glance I thought it was a Yew, but a closer look at the spiky foliage made me realise it's probably a Hemlock (please correct me if I'm wrong!).

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Apologies for the picture quality! the (weak) Foliage you see here is from a new leader, and behind it is a large stump scar of about 4 inches in diameter. My question is, assuming the neighbour would be happy to be rid of it (and if I'm granted full permission etc.) would it be worth collecting? I would likely train it in the ground (after 2-3 years recovery) for as long as it take for the new leader to create a nice tapered upper trunk structure, and with a bit of carving it could become something promising down the line. And yes, I am getting WAY ahead of myself... lockdown gives me too much time to think!

Would love to hear your thoughts.
 

PiñonJ

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Looks more like Juniperus communis. I don’t know about the European variety, but our mountain variety don’t respond well to collection.
 

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Looks like a communis indeed. And I can vouch for their grumpy response to root work.
With that little foliage, your chances are close to zero. In a couple years however, it might be worth the dig.
 

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Absolutely agree with guy wires, maybe worth playing with one day but it’ll never survive collecting with that amount of foliage
 

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Personally all in! Great low trunk/base. Agree with wait couple years first then take BIG root ball;).
 

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Id say let it recover some foliage first
 

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