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Branch removal on chinese elm?

12 years ago

I am relatively new to bonsai and have looked for an answer to this but haven't been able to find one, so I hope it hasnt been answered. I have a Chinese elm I bought through a nursery and I really like the trunk development, however I hate the branches and branch placents. My question is, considering it was brought inside in January and is now growing well in my set up, can I remove all of the branches, leaving a good amount of leaves at the top for photosynthesis? I am also concerned because it was recently repotted, would that play a role in recovery? And while on the subject, can total defoliation of this species be done the same year as it was repotted? Thank you in advance for whatever advice you can give me!

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