I recently finally got around to airlayering the top of this tree in training. The trunk is much too tall and the apex curves, ruining the formal upright image of the rest of the tree. The tree should look less lanky in future with the top removed. Still tall but hopefully elegant as opposed to unsightly. I also finally performed a threadgraft on the lower trunk to hopefully fill in a large gap on one side. The lowest branch used to perform the graft was kept with foliage to promote quick growth. The defoliation of the rest of the tree will hopefully help this too.
After a few years of clip and grow I’m happy with how the ramification and branch taper is starting to develop.