I meant to lift this tree earlier in the year and begin to train it in a shallow pot but never got round to it. Another year in the ground just means more thickening of the trunk and branches and that’s fine. Time now for some pruning to improve branch/trunk taper and let more light into the interior to hopefully promote backbudding where necessary. Quite a lot of foliage was removed and I’m pleasantly surprised with the tree like image that has been produced already. I’m looking forward to getting it in a pot and refining it next year.
The most significant pruning was at the apex where the trunk split into two equally thick apexes. I pruned off the one on the viewer’s left and now with the remaining apex on the right, the flow of the whole tree is improved and in better harmony.