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Hanuki is a Japanese term that refers to the practice of removing all the leaves from a bonsai tree in order to stimulate new growth and improve the shape and ramification of the branches. Hanuki is usually done in late spring or early summer, when the tree has enough energy to recover from the stress of defoliation. Hanuki is not suitable for all species of bonsai, and should be done with caution and care. Some benefits of hanuki are that it can reduce the leaf size, increase the density of foliage, reveal the structure of the trunk and branches, and enhance the color of flowers and fruits.

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