Japanese Boxwood: Double or Single Trunk?

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Hi Everyone,

I am brand new to bonsai and have fallen in love with boxwoods. I have read that boxwoods are very slow-growing, so when I saw a tree this size at a local nursery, I was excited. I am seeking advice on my end design for this bonsai. Should I keep the large first branch and create a double trunk design, or should I make it into a Jin or hollow and stick to a single trunk style?

Also, which side do you suggest be the front?

Finally, is the nebari workable?IMG_2474.JPGIMG_2473.JPG
 

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Welcome to Crazy, where Boxwood is a euphemism.

This pic shows the difference in trunk size best, so if keeping both your front may be around here.

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But I'd like to it from the blue side to determine those 2 branches.

Next mid summer I'd make these red cuts. And when what pops below (green) is strong, make the yellow cuts.

That way your proportions will be in line and you can start developing final branches.

They grow "slow" but develop fast.

You can clip and grow everything. Cutting before Spring growth starts and before Post solstice growth starts.

The roots can work but you'll have to see what you're working with a little deeper. Not soon.

Nothing soon. Ever.

Sorce
 

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Thanks for the advice! I'll make those cuts next summer. Here is the tree from the perspective of the blue arrow:
I was planning on completely removing the branch to the left because it functioned a little like an eye poker.
 

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Welcome to Crazy, where Boxwood is a euphemism.

This pic shows the difference in trunk size best, so if keeping both your front may be around here.

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But I'd like to it from the blue side to determine those 2 branches.

Next mid summer I'd make these red cuts. And when what pops below (green) is strong, make the yellow cuts.

That way your proportions will be in line and you can start developing final branches.

They grow "slow" but develop fast.

You can clip and grow everything. Cutting before Spring growth starts and before Post solstice growth starts.

The roots can work but you'll have to see what you're working with a little deeper. Not soon.

Nothing soon. Ever.

Sorce
"Not soon. Nothing soon. Ever." is probably the best bonsai advice I have heard so far.
 

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