Tilia Cordata (Linden) - Help with choosing a trunk/where to chop

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Tilia Cordata (Linden) - Help with choosing a trunk/where to chop

Post  J as in Joe on Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:56 pm

Hello all,

I have a linden that I got from Evergreen Gardenworks ~4-5 years ago, and I stuck it in the ground for the last 3 years.  I'm planning on digging it up late this fall, but for now I'm wondering what to do about the trunk.  It seems that the linden developed a sort of "Y-shaped" trunk, in that there is a large branch coming out several inches up from the roots that is about 2/3 the size of the main trunk.  

I'm not sure if I should choose between the left or right trunk, chopping the other one, or to keep them both and just prune both down almost to the point of where they meet. Not that this necessarily means anything, but almost all of the photos I have seen of linden bonsai they have a large, single trunk with a large canopy and they look great. I attached photos below:









Would you guys choose between the left or right trunk, or keep them?   I'd appreciate any comments or suggestions.

Thanks!!

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Re: Tilia Cordata (Linden) - Help with choosing a trunk/where to chop

Post  leatherback on Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:15 pm

I'd keep the right one, and remove the side-branch.

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Re: Tilia Cordata (Linden) - Help with choosing a trunk/where to chop

Post  Guest on Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:09 pm

I you want a small fat bonsai, can you cut the tree were the two red lines are drawn, and then wait and see


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Post  M. Frary on Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:30 pm

Personally if it were mine I would cut the right lead off and cut the left one back to that first little branch. You can see straight trees just looking out your living room window.

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Re: Tilia Cordata (Linden) - Help with choosing a trunk/where to chop

Post  beer city snake on Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:00 am

if you are young, chop it.

if you are old, work with what the tree has to offer right now.

only my opinion, but i can imagine both possibilities...

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