The tree arrived still fully wired by Marco from April 2010, and it was time to remove the wires. From the amount of wire, and the use of 22-gauge copper on every single branch, it looked like it had been wired for show. It was later I found the photos of the OKC show (from last week’s post).
A before and after shot:
Next up, clean out the dead twigs and weakest growth from the interior.
In the spring, I’ll prune it back a little to encourage the smaller buds in the interior to grow:
Then, to get more familiar with the tree, I scrubbed the deadwood, and tried to remove the remnants of what appeared to be a wood preservative.
So here it is for the moment.