Spring trimming of a shimpaku

This tree was last wired in March 2013, and while they’re tightening, they’re not ready to come off yet. It was repotted in March ’14, and I wanted it to grow to strengthen before trimming it back. Next year, I’ll rewire it, thin it out a bit more and start to establish some pads.
Here is a shot showing some character developing after several years of wiring, twisting, and compacting:

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In an attempt to balance the foliage, I’m removing the strong runners:

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And thinning out some of the dense areas and undersides of branches to allow sunshine to get in. Before:

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After:

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Said and done, around 20% of the foliage was removed. It still looks nice and full, but better balanced, and with a little more room to grow!

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