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The "form" of a bonsai is the overall shape and style that the tree is trained to achieve. There are many different forms of bonsai, such as formal upright, informal upright, slanting, cascade, semi-cascade, literati, forest, raft, broom and windswept. Each form has its own characteristics and guidelines, but the ultimate goal is to create a harmonious and balanced miniature representation of nature. The form of a bonsai depends on several factors, such as the species of the tree, the age of the tree, the direction of the trunk and branches, the pruning and wiring techniques, and the personal preference of the artist.

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