So, my plan was to clean up, pull needles, prune, and wire this tree so it would be ready to tweak when Bjorn visited in December. This tree has been all my work since it’s initial styling with a buddy in 2007, and I thought it would be a good time to take the tree from the best I could do with it, to the best I could do with it…with Bjorn.
So here it is, Before:
What did we do?
Guy wires, exaggerating the downward angle of the branches, including the upper right, to reduce the separation between the first layer and second layer. Subtle, but nice.
Balance each tuft of foliage so they’re the same size and mass.
Evenly distribute each tuft so they’re equidistant.
Create subtle separation of layers within primary branches.
Rearrange the position of each tertiary branch so they fan outward, and then together, overlapping on or maybe two tufts from the branch behind into the branch in front. (Photo)
Round out the apex
Still to do: let the left upper section elongate.
Keep the first left branch shorter.
Replace branches at obtuse angles with branches at acute angles.