linlaoboo
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Cotoneaster apiculatus

I got this from a big gox store today. It's a shrub but I figure I would try to turn it into a bonsai. When will it be appropriate to start working on in and anyone with experience to this kind of material with prunning or root working tips? Thanks in advance.
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I am not a bonsai grower myself, so can't give you tips.

But I do think cotoneasters can make lovely bonsai:

[img]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4f/Cotoneaster_bonsai_by_Mike.jpg[/img]
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linlaoboo,
When will it be appropriate to start working on
Look to the trunk and condition of the roots. Only after you are satisfied with both should any real training begin. That does not mean that you should not prune at all but be aware that any pruning serves to slow the development you seek. On young material I prune to avoid reverse taper but not much more.

If you are OK with the size of the trunk in relation to the size of bonsai you desire then you can be a little more aggressive.

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linlaoboo
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rainbowgardener,
I like that example alot, thanks.

Gnome,
Thanks for the tip. This shrub has so many branches that seem to come from the same point so I'd need to remove some soil to investigate what's going on and remove some as neccessary. I see what you mean on reverse taper.

I'm thinking to decide on the right, left back and a leader or might keep a few branches for broom style . . .

Will this be easy to wire or should I use clip and grow?
ficus, maple, elm, juniper, pine

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Looks like a nice start, lots of options. Unfortunately, there's SO much going on that it's impossible to see in pics how nice it is, or what styles might suit best. Because it's so late in the season, I would just slip pot up and wait until next year to do anything else.

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Thanks. I'll be moving to a new place in a couple weeks and I'll pot it in the ground and continue next year.

I did rinse the top 1 inch of the soil to better look at the trunk and to my surprise it's at least 3 inches for a little shrub in a 1 gallon pot. I'm not even sure if it's all 1 tree or 2 trees in there. There's alot of thick roots wrapped around the trunk which will definitely need to be removed to expose the nebari. Hopefully it'll stay alive -)
ficus, maple, elm, juniper, pine

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