Hey Orion. I really appreciate your patient and straightforward threads. This tree def needs some work. I’d follow @Shibui advice. You could get a few trees from this. Air layer at the red lines and chop at the green line after the layer is complete. That first branch becomes the new leader, and will thicken awfully quick. When you repot next spring, change the planting angle, rotating the tree clockwise. Then do the same thing with the tree you air layer.Tackled this tree the other night. I noticed buds starting to move so figured Id go for correcting the roots as best as I could. Might have been a bit dramatic but i think I left enough to allow for the tree to recover.
No current plans on the scarring down low. Need to think about that.
Bud movement showing...
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Root base in pot. There were some significant woody parts with a lot of thickness associated with the high roots.
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What was left after cleaning out and root pruning. The left side of the tree will probably need grafts or something down the road. There are no roots there. I am hoping with the dramatic root work, the tree pushes roots close to the trunk at the height of the current big roots allowing me to cut back in a year or two.
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New front with a little wire on the low branches.
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