Large European Hornbeam yamadori no.1 - advice is welcome

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This is the first tree from this thread: https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/2-european-hornbeams-almost-flawless-yamadori-material.27054/
The tree grew pretty intensely throughout the season - many new branches, roots are sticking from the bottom of the container. Still I plan to keep it in this container for at least a year and let it grow freely (except for the things discussed below).

Here's few photos I took today with animation being done automatically by Google. The last 2 photos from top show 2 problematic branches.
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So at the end of winter / beginning of spring I plan to do few things:
  1. wire the branches I will keep to have them grow the direction I want
  2. remove (if necessary) some thick branches / part of trunk I will not use
I see these issues (in order of importance) with the tree:
  1. Long thick branch that is at 90 degree angle to the trunk. It has some nice subtle movement, good taper but is badly out of proportion. I am considering air-layering it and having nice informal upright tree out of it.
  2. Just slightly above it is a Y shaped branch where those 2 ends cross each other. This one is thinner so I guess removing one of the ends could be a way. But still seems a bit too thick.
  3. Last portion of the trunk - it is straight with a bit of taper. I could probably use it but it seems to me that removing it in a point where side branches emerge would make the tree better and also smaller.
  4. Thick branches are at good spots but in my opinion need shortening a bit to be able in future to achieve good taper with proper length.
What are your opinions and advices?
 
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Bring it to me in March, and we give it a structure in one hour.
Maros,

this is an offer that I cannot miss. Thanx a lot. However this has got few issues:
  • The tree with the pot is quite heavy - certainly not for one man to lift
  • The tree with the pot is quite tall - certainly too tall for may car. Maybe it could be fit into my wife's car.
  • If I went to your place it certainly couldn't be without the wine I make - how would I get back?
I'll think about it and will come out with a solution for all the issues. We'll meet in March ;-) Even that is the best season to collect trees from the wild and I have got many on my list...
 
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Very nice tree. Really nice find. I hope you’re able to work out the logistics for a visit to @Maros
I look forward to seeing additional photos as the tree leaves develop and branches grow. Are you in early Spring now?....or still Winter?
 
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Very nice tree. Really nice find. I hope you’re able to work out the logistics for a visit to @Maros
I look forward to seeing additional photos as the tree leaves develop and branches grow. Are you in early Spring now?....or still Winter?
I found few more (and 2 or 3 left there) albeit a bit smaller - see here: https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/t...eup-hornbeams-and-larch-2-garden-pines.32972/
Started editing the tree without Maros - the tree in current very large and deep pot is quite heavy and tall (hasn't had pot wide enough that would be shallower) to transport in any car I have. I'll post the results soon.
 

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