Seeking Big Tuna Mugo Pine pre-bonsai advice

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I'm trying to decide whether to keep this Pinus Mugo as a two trunk style, -or chop one side off, leaving enough branches to create some jin, then tilt it on its side to make an informal upright. Thoughts?
I won't repot it until next summer but from what I've read I believe it's safe to do some preliminary styling now.
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Cascade comes to mind. One trunk to make the apex and the other for the cascading canopy.
The thinner branches would easily take shape.
 

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Disclaimer* I am still developing my eye for styling, so take this advice as a grain of salt. I have read that when doing a twin trunk you want to avoid anything that looks like a slingshot. I vote chop
 

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Cascade can also be informal without upright apex. Personally prefer these☺️. Whatever done trunks need movement added ASAP:eek:.
 

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So how would one go about adding movement to these trunks. I like the idea of a cascade.

I wonder if anyone can answer this? Can you get back budding if you trim back branches on a mugo pine? Also, would that save a dolphin or two?
 

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So how would one go about adding movement to these trunks. I like the idea of a cascade.

I wonder if anyone can answer this? Can you get back budding if you trim back branches on a mugo pine? Also, would that save a dolphin or two?
If removing both trunks just above first branches change of direction already added(movement). Thinner remaining branch(es?)much easier to wire/bend as desired. If doing Cascade will need to pick one trunk to keep. Do not believe Mugo backbud well. Perhaps will but only where needles growing☺️ .
 

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Mugo can bud on older (2-6 years) wood if that wood is exposed to enough sunlight. Not very reliably and it can take a year or two, but they can.

A twin trunk poses double the possibilities but also double the difficulties. I'd go with removing one of the two.
In pines I prefer keeping the smaller branches as opposed to the larger ones, because they elongate and backbudding isn't always reliable. Starting with something small aids a lot in scale reduction.
 
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