Wowzo! Good job doing that. Looks very nice and that trunk in one years growth is amazing!The hawthorn I collected in 2022 and planted in the ground in the spring of 2023 to let it thicken the trunk, did just that. See post #6 in this thread. The leaves were just starting to turn color a little now, so I collected it. I did chop some off the long top leader and a few branches that would not be used, otherwise I left as much foliage as possible. If the tree survives next spring after this collection, I have a decision to make about a further chop. The reason being that the main trunk grows out the back side and has little taper. I have marked in red and black two potential future chops and wonder what people think the best approach would be. If the tree back buds after a chop at the red mark, a new leader might develop that would put taper into that section. Otherwise, a chop at the black mark would face to the rear and use that good branch as the new leader.