I last wired this one 2 years ago, and the wire was digging in. It had also gotten fairly dense, and as is the case, weak areas got weaker, and strong areas got stronger.
So this work was to remove the wires, and then trim the tree back to restore some balance.
Here is the tree before the work…bushy!
After unwiring, it really has a case of bed head.
And before pruning back:
Some detail of the cleanup, here’s what gets cut.
Starting with this:
Ending with this, branches ending in pairs of growth “tufts”:
Another branch example:
In all, about 1/3 of the foliage was removed, but most of it was inefficient, shaded out and weak.
What’s left has space in the sun, and good balance for even growth for the rest of the growing season. Here are some shots after the work:
One more shot a few days later, after foliage has had a chance to settle in again:
In the fall, the tree will be wired again, with less but similar thinning out. I’m still on the hunt for a good pot…