I had found this tamarack (Larix larcinia) in a bog. Its main trunk had died and it had a large lateral branch that then turned upward. The horizontal branch was not appealing, so as an experiment I thought I would lift it and see what I could do with it. To lift it and fit it into a tray, I had to cut several large lateral roots. It had just rained for only the second time in the month last night (1.94") and there was standing water right next to the tree. Since I didn't like the right angle trunk bend, I chopped it at a point where a branch can form a new trunk and give some taper. The plan is to winter it and see if it lives in the spring. I have several other tamaracks I plan to collect in the spring. One question: should the chop stump be trimmed down to give a smoother transition to the new leader or left a bit long until the survival of the tree is more assured?