Zelkova field grown

AlissaMoo

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I've been growing this guy outside for the last few years. It's growing on top of a slate slab for the root growth, and I did my first trunk chop this spring. I haven't touched it all summer, I have just been letting it grow. At this point should I begin pruning branches and working on shaping and training or should I just let it keep going? Thanks! Any thought appreciated!
 

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Nelis

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What is the trunk diameter coming out of the soil?
Have you thought about the future design yet?
I feel that the chop is way to high, even for broom style.
You say it's been in the ground for a couple of years, how many? I'm more concerned about the roots needing work, rather than concentrating on the top at the moment. This species is well known for growing one or two very thick roots and very little elsewhere. Their roots must be tended to at least every 2 years, I noticed this year on mine, that I can basically do root work on them every season.
 

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