Collected mullberry

Eckhoffw

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This tree was collected April 2020. This is my daughter’s tree as she spotted it in the back alley.61118D95-DFDF-4BEA-87B7-ABFE3A662AD5.jpeg
I put it in to this little box and let it be for 2 years. This pot wasn’t draining well,and decided I’d take a look at the roots and repot it. 07C18BA9-89E6-449B-B8C7-6C3EE85E4EB1.jpeg24F41FC0-6C82-486C-87E5-784182D14423.jpeg1FB51A7F-69E2-451C-8A03-DC7DB6774CA5.jpeg2529D468-5422-414A-8D94-3EE96F0D53A0.jpeg
Roots seem pretty ok. Untangled, and into a new training pot. 69EE49C6-521D-455F-9B75-98F2ADC0D7A6.jpeg67AA4664-2DB3-40E0-A772-CA4A53AC5A2C.jpeg
We will see how it wakes up. Hopefully 🤣
 

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Nice specimen. It looks like you're going in the right direction. One of my favorite species.
 

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Thanks! Just going to let it recover and grow out this year.
Any tips?
I would carve down that large transition area so it can start healing over. That will improve the taper. Taper in the branches I do in one of two ways. You can let them grow long and fatten up some and then cut them back to a side branch for a change in direction. The other way is to cut them back early to a side shoot and grow them from there. The first way is normally the fastest for my trees. It puts a lot of energy into the tree because of more foliage. The second way works well for the apex because the branches are smaller and don't take as long to get to their final shape.
 

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