I nickname a few trees after the pros who have worked on them. I have a Ben Oki azalea, and a Peter Warren Black Pine. This is how it looked a year after I bought it from Brussel’s in 2010.
Skip forward 5 years to fall 2016, and I’ve continually pushed growth back toward the trunk, and replaced big branches with finer ones. I’ve had several failed graft attempts, and finally settled on just building a good branch structure to cover the upper trunk section that has no taper and no branches. Fall 2016:
This summer, it will be candle-pruned to get a second flush of smaller needles, and increased density. Eventually it will be ready for a quality pot and proper placement in said pot. For now, it’s just time to grow!