Last winter I wired this Ume, which was a feat. The post is here:
This year, I didn’t get a chance to repot the tree, and along with the stress of wiring, it didn’t have a great year. Here is a shot in the growing season, weak left side, decent right side, not much interior growth.
In October I unwired the tree. Best to do this before the flower buds start to swell, as they’re easily knocked off. Before:
After, the branches held reasonably well.
And a week later, I removed the yellowing leaves, and the branching isn’t bad for an Ume:
A few branches trimmed, and a couple wired, and it’s ready for winter…and hopefully a good flower showing.