I collected this Cedar elm, Ulmus crassifolia, in April of 2017. As you can see from this photo, taken in October of 2017, its post-collecting recovery was weak.  You will likely encounter this sort of situation from time to time.  The key is to recognize it and treat the specimen accordingly.  In the case of this tree, I just left it alone.

Fast-forward to May 6, 2018.  The tree has obviously recovered a lot of strength, so much so that the initial styling can be done.  In only 15 minutes, we now have a direction for this specimen.