Partial defoliation of an ‘Arakawa’ JM

This tree is becoming dense, and to avoid inner branch weakening, this is the time of year to trim long shoots and one of every pair of leaves. Here is the starting point., can’t even see the trunk now!

After shortening long shoots and removing one of each pair of leaves.

The upper portion was pruned a bit heavier to allow sunlight to reach the interior areas.

Below, against a better background.

And a couple close ups of the nicely-developing bark…


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