Time to perform a first wiring of this Acer Palmatum ‘Deshojo’. The above picture was taken in the summer when I was allowing it some free growth. Being the middle of winter, it’s without leaf and I finally decided to make decisions about styling.
Last year I repotted it into this shallow pot and tried to pinch buds to promote ramification although I’ve never been convinced by size of the tree. I had to decide whether to keep it tall and use the thick right hand branch as a low branch, or cut it down a bit and go for an informal broom with a double trunk apex. Some virtual editing helped me decide:
So before and after (from above, facing viewer):
I’m going to ease up on the fertiliser and try to keep new shoots short. Looking forward to getting into a smaller pot sometime in the future.
After a period of free growth on selected branches, it was time for a trim for this tree. I’m happy with the tree that is beginning to emerge. I plan to wire for the first time after leaf drop.