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Yakueda

Literally, a key, useful branch. It refers to a branch that is necessary to make up a tree's feature. It is to shape up the form of a tree and give elegance and momentum. The ''yakueda'' branch is not necessarily the main branch of a tree. It sometimes helps the main or other branches stand out. Not only the ''ichinoeda'' No. 1 branch but the ''sashieda'' pointing branch or ''kuitsukieda'' complementary branches can serve as ''yakueda.'' Growers need to designate the ''yakueda'' branch in the course of cultivation of a young tree, make clear each branch's role, and to shape up the tree.

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