Ueno Yama maple

b3bowen

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This is an Acer palmatum ‘Ueno Yama’ air layer that I would like some input on. The variety is much like katsura but grows very vigorously and has great twigging. I generally prefer tall thin maples so Im not planning on an aggressive
chop. The lowest branch has been wired up and is just as tall as the central leader to thicken the lowest segment of the trunk further. Current trunk is about 2 inches thick.
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Wondering what direction some of you would go.
1. Add/graft some branches go for naturalistic look

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2. Change angle, create semi-cascade

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3. Cut off all thick branches and go for literati like one inspired by @MACH5
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bwaynef

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You described it as a vigorous grower. That tells me that maybe literati wouldn't be the best idea. With this material and your penchant for tall and thin, that's how I'd proceed with this material. There's a prominent branch mid-way up that forms a very strong/obvious Y. For just about any style you choose, it needs to be reduced to improve taper ...if not removed altogether.
 

b3bowen

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I decided to stick with a slender upright plan for this tree. But like I said above, I needed to do some thread grafts for that. This one comes out early, second week of February last year, so I decided to go ahead and do the thread grafts now so that I can use the smallest drillbit possible. I cover the buds with grafting tape to protect them as I pull them through. I also twist up a long segment of the grafting tape to help pull the stem through the trunk. Seal everything at the end.
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