I first collected this guy growing along a fence in the Spring of 2018. I noticed right away the thick trunk with lots of low branches and it was already developing bark. I knew I'd need to pick a trunk line and limit the branches, but I wanted to let it recover first. I'd never worked with Bradford Pear before and didn't know what to expect.
I pruned it back hard in the spring of 2019 and limited it to 2 major trunks. I wasn't sure if I wanted a twin trunk or if I should decide on one trunk and get rid of the other. I thought I'd let it recover and decide later.
Looking really healthy today (early 2020) and figured it's time to prune it back and start working on it. The pot is filling nicely with roots.
On the left is what it looks like currently, after a bit of pruning this afternoon. On the right is my plan to remove the larger left trunk and building upon current major branches, which I'm happy with the placement of.
Before I get my drill bits and carve away that second trunk, I would like input as to whether this is the right direction to take this tree or not. I'm thinking maybe I should remove the right trunk and build upon the left trunk, but I don't like the current branch placement as well for that trunk...
Here are some other views of the tree as it's currently pruned.