This project is thanks to JoeLewko. My first attempt at a boxwood and here is the pictorial.
The stock tree as bought from home depot at $6.
Here's the tree after lots of careful pruning.
Heres all the foliage that I trimmed off. Joe, I hope your getting a little more brave.
Now for the roots. They were very thick and matted. They were tough to work loose but they are very nice for a stock tree.
After my pretty diligent root prune. I would have done more but they were so thick it would have taken forever to untangle. Perhaps they will loosen up by next year.
I then repotted it into a slightly shorter more squaty pot and better soil. I put a bottom to a water bottle under the roots to promote a wider root ball.
Here's a pic of the nabari.
I feel I have a good start to a nice little shohin sized tree.
I was pretty sure I had the front of the tree just right but then I saw this pic.
I now see the possibility for a little twin trunk. Ohhh the possibilities
Joe I hope this has helped with some of your questions.