Its true the lack of propotion between the trunk and the branches. I will let the tree recorver from the repoting and wait for the brotation.This is all just an opinion, i am not a professional.
I'd probably advocate for letting it grow shaggy this season and recover. Look for any back budding low on the tree. I think either the top branch is gonna have to go, cut back to the junction, or the right branch will, also cut back to the junction. Both are very thick and mature, and would immediately throw out any sense of scale you try to set up. If you keep the right branch, and try to make the top branch the leader and apex, visually it wont work since they both appear to be a similar width. If you want to make the right branch the leader, well, the top branch is too thick and straight to change without just chopping it off whole. Maybe, and this would probably be a 'not this season' decision, trunk chop it beneath the junction for the two big branches. This gives you the option to keep the trunk and the roots, but start the branches over with full control over how they grow.
Thanks for the point of view =) i love to get differents points of view before take any action, i´m pretty new to the art and i need to listen the experienced people. In your view, you take the new leader in the left branch?
In your view, you take the new leader in the left branch?
Thanks for all the support!! yes i´m thinking the same! i will wait one more week or two for the recover, the roots are now covered and the prune prob will be like the picture
I think is a acer palmatum with red leafs all year xD now its protected under roof. its winter where in portugal but the temperature is between 11 and 16 degrees so its pretty nice for the treesYou could probably top dress with some sphagnum moss (1/4" or so, not too much) to help cover up the surface roots and stimulate more root growth in that area. Don't repot this again this year.
Unless this was like a bargain purchase that you don't really care about, the earliest that I would perform any of the more drastic chops would be mid-late summer and even then only if it was super vigorous at that point. I think the best course is to see how the tree responds through the spring and early summer.
What kind of maple is it and where are you located?
How, have you come to Portugal, Nice! =) I´m glad you liked!!! paving stones is all over Portugal, literaly all over and the azulejos too xDAhhh, praia de Amalia (in the south), the "Chinese pavilion" in Lisboa, the small paving stones and the azulejos... Great memories
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