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Broom Style
 
Broom style trees are often seen in nature. They have an upright trunk with branches spreading out on all sides from a particular height. They are a great subject for bonsai beginners, as they are fairly easy to shape.

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This consists of a single upright tree with the top of the tree (apex) perpendicular to the base of the trunk. The trees trunk should be larger at the bottom gradually tapering to the top. The branches, balanced in threes (left-back-right or right-back-left) alternate symmetrically along the trunk and thin out towards the top. The first branch, which should be about one third of the total height, determines the position of the plant in the pot, placed on the side opposite to that in which this branch is pointing.

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Although not originally accepted by purists as a true and proper style, it has become increasingly popular, not only because there are numerous examples of it in nature but also because it allows greater freedom in design. To have a true formal upright the tree, branches, and trunk must be perfect. However, in the informal upright style there is lots of room for you to express yourself without being bound to a hard and fast set of rules.

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Slanting Style
 
In the slanting style the line of the roots follow the line of the tree. This style represents a tree that is perhaps in the shade, and stretching for light. 

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Literati Style
 
The trunk grows long in a informal slightly inclined way, with branches only on the top third of the tree. The branches usually always grow down toward the bonsai container. 

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Semi cascade Style
 
Semi cascade represent a tree that juts out over a cliff, river or lake. A very popular style, that takes considerably less time to train than a cascade.

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Cascade Style
 
The cascade is always planted in a tall container. It represents a tree in nature that is hanging off a cliff or mountain. The trunk and branches hang down beyond the edge of the bonsai container. We like the cascades because we rarely, if ever have seen them produced commercially. Cascade bonsai take years to train.