Miniaturizing a Live Oak?
I've been reading several Bonsai books over the past couple of months (e.g. Tomlinson, Coussins, and Naka), and am ready to give it a try. Initially, I just want to experiment a little to see how things work. I was thinking of starting with a Live Oak (Quercus virginia).
Home Depot has some 15 ft trees with 2 - 3 inch straight trunks, and no low branches. Since the trunks are fairly straight, they might not be suitable for traditional bonsai, but I'd still like to experiment with one.
1) Can I chop the trunk at about 2 feet up without killing the tree? If so, is Fall the best time to chop it, when it is dormant, or should I wait until Spring?
2) Has anyone on this forum ever tried to miniaturize Live Oak? Do they handle root pruning well?
3) Any other advice?