What would you do with this piece of.......material?

MichaelS

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sylvestris ''Jeremy''
I will consider anything. It's not quite bad enough to throw away - but close....


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Its shit but you said anything and it seems the quickest route.
 

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Excellent movement. Unfortunately too compact growth, wiring can help much, maybe minor angle change, viewing angle;). If having room would also take off your hands. Personally not friend of grafting but could solve problem of no inner branching.
 

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I really like this tree.
as a complete newbie/novice here, this is what I would try. taking your 2nd pick with a very slight angle change
compacting all the branches. bending the branches to the right down.
the long branch marked with the blue line I would try bending around the back to create a pad on the left to balance things out. if this is not possible graft a branch on the left
 

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My first thought was take off the entire top, down to that lowest branch.
It'd be a hell of a scar (who was it again that had a thread about their bark grafts?) but it would have some very exaggerated taper and stark movement.
Otherwise, someone mentioned windswept, which it naturally lends itself to.

It's so interesting looking, and healthy to boot, I'd hate to hear it was wasted.
 

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Turn the tree 180 degrees so we can see the other side...
 

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These suggestions are not radical or brutal enough. (think hurricane) I realize it's difficult with pictures. I think this tree needs to be seriously interfered with. I don't care if it ends up 1/4 the size. I don't care if there's almost nothing left as long as the quality improves. I need to get the ramification back in close to the trunk so I can go from there. I'm not above splitting the trunk or branches if I have to.
 

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I think I'd use this tree as an excuse to perfect my grafting (lots of scar tissue to graft into) and rebar technique. I look forward to seeing what you have in mind.
 
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For me the lower branch curve seems contrived & not natural. I would Jin it and drop down som foliage from the top to fill the space.
 

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In my opinion in any design the first branch needs to come off, is just awful


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