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One of the many perks of membership in a bonsai organization is that one of the club members may learn about unwanted shrubs that can be collected, and share the opportunity. The suburbs are a fantastic collection area with many old shrubs and hedgerows, and homeowners who are regularly making changes. In this case, the homeowner had recently moved into a home with many boxwood bushes throughout the yard. Chuck shared the availability with the club, and today he and I went to dig two large specimens.

That pile of branches is what we removed to make digging, moving, and future styling easier. 

I claimed a big single trunk tree for myself. The second bush had multiple trunks, but we soon discovered it was two plants placed too close together. We separated the two and they will go to other club members who expressed interest. 

I brought mine home and plopped it back into the ground to recover and gradually be pruned back. 

Look at that mass of leaves! It’s still 4 feet tall plus. Here’s a different angle. 

Remember that pile of branches? Now you know where a bunch of them came from!

You can see this is going to be a long term project. Over the next couple of years I expect back budding down the trunk and I will gradually remove the foliage that is furthest from that lovely trunk. I mean… look at that thing!

Isn’t she lovely?! Thanks for all your help, Chuck! I’d dig trees with you any day.