The Boxwood has Left its Wood Box

Bonsai Iterate

I am stoked about this old boxwood! I have shared it before (HERE and HERE) and have been doing my best to practice the restraint that is often this bonsai enthusiast’s downfall.

Boxwood in 2017, planted in sand for a year after collection.

This plant was dug from a suburban yard in 2017. At over four feet tall and wide, I had to cut a lot of branches just to haul it home. To make that work I chose to favor the first branch and bend for the future design. Despite the hard cuts, new growth emerged from the upper stump and in other adventitious locations as I gradually worked back the tree over the next couple of years.

It was planted into a large wooden box after a year of recovery in a sandy hole in the ground, and this is the box it has stayed in…

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