This is the tree (or trees) that I have owned the longest. They are a pretty vigorous group and need cutbacks a few times a year. The plan is to shift the trees at repot and put the smaller one in the back. The top of the large tree was thinned out this fall, and may need more cutback in the future. There are a few sacrifices growing at the bases of the trees that will be let go for probably two more years. I also plan on layering one of the trees and adding a fourth, smaller tree to the composition in the future.
As purchased, summer 2011:
Growing well this summer:
The last few photos show a before and after from fall 2014:
I’m pretty pleased with the progress over the last few years. I look forward to working on our “family” tree in the future.