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Apical is a term used in bonsai to describe the most vigorous growth produced by a tree, usually at the furthest points from the root system, such as the upper and outermost branches. Apical dominance refers to the tendency of trees to grow more at the top than at the bottom. Apical dominance can be reduced by pruning the terminal buds, which stimulates back budding and ramification. Apical dominance is important for creating slant style bonsai, where the apex is located away from the center of the trunk.

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