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This tree was purchased earlier this year. It was a bit overgrown and pruned aggressively. My second attempt at wiring, not completely unhappy with the result. All those years of twisting rope around cucumber and tomato plants in my youth do pay of I guess.

Some questions: I want the branches to thicken a bit more so prune now to two nodes or next year after the first flush hardens? General styling there is some inverse taper especially at the middle section of the main trunk less visible from this angle. What to do cut that left branch of those bar branches and some of the bulge?

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This is quite the specimen.. I like it alot. :)

NEVER remove “those characteristic pieces” ... they speak strongly to the very personality of the tree..

SO jelly!
(Even Jam, preserves and marmalade.)

🤓

I would just prune any 3 crotch-branches down to 2 (at the next best time), encouraging overall bifurcation (favoring “outside” branches) and nipping some “bulging” in the bud RIGHT off the get-go...

Then I would wait for the tree to “converse” with me... it’s already saying a lot.... LOUDLY... so you’ll have to “listen” harder for the intricacies. But I’m a notorious nincompoop, so don’t value what I say TOO highly.
 
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Yes this one has a loud voice it clearly demanded a certain style.
 

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I would leave those branches knowing the top will be cut off. No reverse taper. Taper. Movement.

Done.

Sorce
 

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Yeah, after that this is perfect.

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Maples in general, back bud very well. If you want trunk and branches to thicken, do not prune them, this tree could go several years without any pruning, then a hard cut back reducing it to trunk and main branches. The result will be an explosion of new growth, back buds and branches everywhere. So depending on your patience, let it grow for a couple-a-three years, then cut back.
 

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Maples in general, back bud very well. If you want trunk and branches to thicken, do not prune them, this tree could go several years without any pruning, then a hard cut back reducing it to trunk and main branches. The result will be an explosion of new growth, back buds and branches everywhere. So depending on your patience, let it grow for a couple-a-three years, then cut back.
I have thought about putting it in the ground having it grow freely as it would benefit the trunk. Let me sleep on that.
 

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Maples in general, back bud very well. If you want trunk and branches to thicken, do not prune them, this tree could go several years without any pruning, then a hard cut back reducing it to trunk and main branches. The result will be an explosion of new growth, back buds and branches everywhere. So depending on your patience, let it grow for a couple-a-three years, then cut back.
Field Maple are demon backbudders. They will bud from all over when strong. I'm constantly rubbing off buds on mine, even on the main trunk. You would have to be incredibly unlucky not to get branches exactly where you want them.
 
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Start to grow to the idea of putting it in the ground for two or three growing seasons. Especially the main trunk could do with more diameter.
 

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If you do put it in the ground, make sure you keep trimming any branches you’re keeping to stop them taking off and getting too thick, these things grow like mad. I’d select clear sacrificial shoots instead and cut them off every 1-2 years or the scars will be too big to heal quickly.
 
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If you do put it in the ground, make sure you keep trimming any branches you’re keeping to stop them taking off and getting too thick, these things grow like mad. I’d select clear sacrificial shoots instead and cut them off every 1-2 years or the scars will be too big to heal quickly.
Thanks for that recommendation and yes it will go in the ground.
 
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