Do you think this is a cork bark or will it always look peely like this? Should I maybe clean up the bark now that I have started to reduce the sacrifice growth? So far I have repotted, trimming up only the thin band of circling roots at the bottom of the nursery pot. The idea was to get it in to the flat and start to direct more energy to the numerous but weak looking lower branches. I have been rubbing off all but the apical bud on sacrifice section. I am going to let it run a little more to help establish the roots, but it is on notice because it is starting to reverse taper. In the next year or two, I think I will decide on branch selection as well as picking out a few new sacrifice branches to increase the taper. Any tips for directing more energy down? I guess will have to wait and see how vigorous it is come springtime.