Ideas for Buxus in garden

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Ideas for Buxus in garden

Postby Keels » November 4th, 2017, 2:08 pm

Hey guys. I have this boxwood growing in the garden seems like it fairly old. It was really overgrown so I trimmed it back n cleaned it up a bit. I was thinking it might look good as a clump style bonsai one day. I havent dug it out yet. Hoping to see what others think.

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I've been researching and thinking something like the photo below.

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Re: Ideas for Buxus in garden

Postby Slatzy » November 5th, 2017, 5:03 am

Hi Keels, looks like it has real potential. Ide personally start with scraping the soil away more to check out the nebari then go from there. take some closer pics of the branch structure, the pic doesn't really show much.
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Re: Ideas for Buxus in garden

Postby shibui » November 5th, 2017, 7:32 am

We can't see all the detail of the trunks and angles from 2d photos but many garden grown plants can yield good material for bonsai and this one looks good from what I can see.
Just because it has multiple trunks now does not mean that multi trunk will always be the best style. Multi trunk is complicated because to look good all the trunks need to have similar shape and complimentary angles.
Some of these trunks may have some surface roots of their own so you might be able to separate some as individual trees. Trees with lots of trunks can always be reduced to fewer trunks. If the trunks you have don't look good together then some will need to be cut off to give a good bonsai. Point is don't get too hung up on multi trunk style. Look for the best bonsai in the material you have.
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Re: Ideas for Buxus in garden

Postby Keels » November 8th, 2017, 5:41 pm

Hey guys I've added a few more pictures. Your right the one I posted really didn't help. Have a look at the ones below now :tu:

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Re: Ideas for Buxus in garden

Postby Keels » November 8th, 2017, 5:45 pm

shibui wrote:We can't see all the detail of the trunks and angles from 2d photos but many garden grown plants can yield good material for bonsai and this one looks good from what I can see.
Just because it has multiple trunks now does not mean that multi trunk will always be the best style. Multi trunk is complicated because to look good all the trunks need to have similar shape and complimentary angles.
Some of these trunks may have some surface roots of their own so you might be able to separate some as individual trees. Trees with lots of trunks can always be reduced to fewer trunks. If the trunks you have don't look good together then some will need to be cut off to give a good bonsai. Point is don't get too hung up on multi trunk style. Look for the best bonsai in the material you have.


Hi Shibui. I've added a few extra photos now. The branches all seem to come from the one point. I haven't seen any with their own roots yet. I differently believe some of the branches can be removed. Let me know what you think with the new photos now. Thanks
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Re: Ideas for Buxus in garden

Postby shibui » November 8th, 2017, 7:04 pm

I think you are right about these ones. There does not appear to be any trunks with roots that can easily be separated.
The left trunks on front base 1 could be split away from the rest if you really wanted but probably not really worth while.

Even with good photos I find it hard to offer suggestions. Photos don't give a good look at perspective and depth so it is hard to decide whether its possible to cut back to a smaller branch which may or may not be growing from that trunk.

From what I can see you are going to need to be innovative to deal with the lack of taper in these trunks. There are a few with quite promising movement but, again, hard to assess when you can't see the 3d direction of the movement.

I'm sure there is something that can be done with these but I can't give anything definite from the photos. These would be great for a workshop with a visiting expert if your club runs workshops.
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