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White bark birch that is! Collected this about 4 or so years ago. Any thoughts on a front and design ideas? It has a very nice nebari all the way around.

Front option 1.
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Front option 2
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As I am very early in my bonsai journey I don’t know much but I like the first front better. It has a nice nebari, nice and subtle movement and good taper throughout.

I recently purchased a birch. I’m in a similar situation of wondering in what direction to take it. When do you prune yours and how do you fertilize?
 

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I fertilize once a week for most of my trees, this seems to grow quite vigorously. I just cut mine back pretty hard and wired a little, I don't know if it's the best timing or not but I did it. Maybe someone more experienced with birch will chime in on this.
 

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Any other birch trees one here? Someone that has experience with the species?
 

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My one or two attempts at birch went south very early in the game, for reasons like too many projects and not enough time.

There are a few birches posted in ''Other Deciduous", not a lot. The best looking ones the owners did not try to keep them too small. Most were somewhere in the 2 foot to 4 foot tall range. 2 to 3 feet seemed most common. Most of the smaller trees did not seem to survive the 5 years in a bonsai pot mark. Just an observation, I'm not saying it is impossible to do a shohin birch, I just haven't seen one that turned up in photos more than once.

Others with more experience should add their tips.
 

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Do you think that's do to the pot size and inadequate watering?
 
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Yes, the tree from Marios is very nice indeed. A silver birch I believe.
 

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Yes, the tree from Marios is very nice indeed. A silver birch I believe.
I know nothing about birch but there's a lot of knowledge in that thread.

Yours has a wonderful base as you noted. I like the first front option slightly more than the second because the nebari is more even and you don't have the "pigeon breast" that you get with the second option. Both fronts have great movement and branches in the right spots.
 

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Nice material. For me front 1 or 2.
Let it grow and cut back about twice per year. A lot of water and fertiliser.
Do not expect all branches will survive, some tend do dry out. If you have new growth inside the crown you can keep it as fall back option.
 

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Thanks for the feedback Maros, I definitely water mine more than the others as it's a thirsty tree. I know birch in general tend to shed inner growth so I'm assuming it would apply for bonsai as well. I guess just something to keep in mind and plan for.
 
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