Alright, last post. These photos show the biggest flaws of the tree. I might also add that this is my first scots pine. I prefer JBP, but they are next to impossible to find in the Pittsburgh region. Actually, alot of people seem to love scots pines on the east coast, so maybe this tree will be the moment I switch over to the species. This being said, I do not know the nitty gritty details of how this species is treated. I understand they sort of like jbp, but not really. Some decandle like jbp, and others say thats a terrible idea. I certainly have some reading up to do, and if anyone has a thread they would like to share, please do. Ok, you can see someone did not properly prune and ramify some of the branches. This branch tip whorl is an example that can be found in atleast 2 other areas on the tree. Correcting areas like this goes back to understanding how the species reacts and grows. I know with jbp it would be quite easy to nurture a couple buds behind this growth and then cut it back a year or two after the young buds had matured. Is it worth it to go back and regrow alot of the branch ramification on this tree? I have never undertaken a process like this before so I am open to opinions. Finally, what to do with that trunk chop? It really is only visible from the one side, and if that is not the front chosen, then the viewer would rarely see it. Any tips on inducing faster healing? I am thinking about opening the cambium around the scar and covering with cut paste to facilitate more/better healing.