A few weeks later, it’s time to prune back the leader. I could have continued to let it run, but that would have hampered my ability to build taper into the leader itself. This is a balancing act you’ll have to perform over and over again.
Pay particular attention to the new leader I’ve wired up.
The first right branch was allowed to grow upward earlier in the season. Why? This induces faster growth, therefore more thickening. I want this branch to ultimately be about one-fourth to one-third the thickness of the trunk at the point where it emerges. This will produce the appropriate representation of a mature tree in nature.
Let me know what you think of this tree. I anticipate offering it for sale next year.
Trunk base 1.75″
Age about 15-20 years