Picking up where we left off last week, in the summer of 2016:
So let’s review. Nearly 3 years ago, here was the tree:
•Not much taper in upper primary branches. Normal for deciduous trees, but it does catch your eye.
•Trunk goes right, top goes left; straighten trunk in pot, fix branches.
•Grow center branch out to thicken it.
•Shorten left branch; too long and straight.
•Middle branches pointing down, lower branches pointing up; make low branches point down, middle branches point out, high branches point up.
•Open area exposes 3 branches at same height.
•Balance foliage; upper left and lower right are strong, upper right and lower left are thin.
Now, fast-forward to February 2017 and it’s time to prune. Before: