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The crenata is a ball buster. Is this it's final form or will the tree still improve in shaping?
Marc,my plan is to use the hedge cutting method for the next ten years together with aggressive watering and feeding. The result will be that the trunk will almost double in girth, the taper will be a lot better, the lower branches will be much thicker, while the upper branches will stay comparatively slim, the ramification will be much better, especially on the left side, the nebari will be much bigger and better, the overall size and shape will not change significantly. So if this is a ball buster what will it be then?
With ball buster I mean that this tree is a beauty to look at. It will kick someone in the balls when they look at it, haha. I really like the natural style, especially in deciduous trees. For this growing season and beyond, I'll try the hedge cutting method on a zelkova, just to see if it would improve the tree.
A couple of things are bothering me: If you would use the hedge cutting method and the tree is going to back bud a lot, wouldn't that result in a lot of unnecassery sacrificial branches? Also, you said that the trunk is going to be a lot thicker. Is this possible in it's current pot?
Marc,that's a great problem to have: too many shoots. Most people have to few of them. Must cut out those that you don't want. The tree will grow in girth in the present pot. In five years it probably will need a bigger pot.
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