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Hi, BRTs are always fun!
I tend to style them by cut and grow, wiring as little as possible ( and the thorns are my personal enemies ).
Yours seems a little stressed as we can see the leaflets closing, and I am not sure this is the best front for it. Please keep updating your progress with the little tree!
 

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This is a thornless variety! Definitely stressed whenever they're wired but they bounce back quickly here in South Florida. Definitely going to continue to explore the front.
 

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Better, in my humble opinion.
I still think the now "back branch" is too thick and competing with the trunk. Difficult one!


Agree with you there. All I can really do is control the growth on that sucker and go from there.

Making the left branch(from this new perspective) really powerful might help to balance it out. Removing anything at this point definitely results in a less interesting tree.
 

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Yup. It's quite nice not to get destroyed by thorns.
Did you get it from eBay? I found some thornless ones there by samurai gardens. Did you get yours there? I saw one of the listings as thornless but you can still see thorns poking out on the photos.
 

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Does the one without thorns have bigger leaves? I am growing a bunch from seed, all small leaves. And I have one bought as plant, which has no thorns. But the leaves are a magnitude larger!?
 

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Does the one without thorns have bigger leaves?

Not necessarily, I had one last year (sold it) thornless and had small leaves. But yes, I've seen BRTs with bigger leaves but I don't know if they are a cultivar or a different species. It happens with powder puffs also, some calliandras have big leaves.
 

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Does the one without thorns have bigger leaves? I am growing a bunch from seed, all small leaves. And I have one bought as plant, which has no thorns. But the leaves are a magnitude larger!?
Shouldn't be any larger. Both of mine have the same size leaves. I've also never ever stressed a BRT leaf so that it grew larger. No matter what I do they are always the same size, even if I tax the root system.

Could be a different cultivar or you may have a different species on your hand but neither the thorned or thornless in my experience have larger leaves.
 

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Yes, there is indeed a thornless cultivar, as well as a corticosa (cork bark) variety.
Even here in Brazil the thornless is more expensive and difficult to find.
Are they easy to root from cutting though? If yes, it should be propagated more frequently.
 

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