After some time lurking I've finally joined this forum, so this is my first post. There are some great discussions happening here and I like that there are a lot of cool projects with native trees. Where I live (Toronto), the two most popular collected species are Larix laricina (American Larch or Tamarack) and Thuja occidentalis (Eastern White Cedar or Arborvitae. I look forward to learning from you all, and sharing my work and experience where possible.
This is a new Thuja that I worked on the other day. The foliage is similar to hinoki, but like junipers they develop masses of buds in the crotches of the branches which need to be sorted out before wiring. For a tree with as many shoots as this one, thinning a branch takes me about the same time as wiring it.
Lots of people like the back of this tree, but drastic changes to the planting angle would be required to make it a feasible front. Still, it is something to consider for the future.