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bwaynef:
Below are 4 pictures of a new Trident.  If the canopy was a little fuller it would look good in a pot during summer.  Anyway, I'll see where discussion leads before I go much further.

Dano:
Wayne,
I have a very similar trident. I really like the markings on the bark of your tree. It really gives the apearance of age with the lichen. Have you considered to start pulling some of the larger limbs down. It will open the tree up more and begin the training of the lower branches. I decided not to use wire on my tree but rather tie downs. I then let the limbs grow long for a couple of years and thicken. You have a nice tree.

Dan

Rick Moquin:
Pretty much my line of thinking as well, as the primaries seem to be in the right position.

bwaynef:

--- Quote from: Dano on July 28, 2009, 09:20 PM ---Wayne,
I have a very similar trident. I really like the markings on the bark of your tree. It really gives the apearance of age with the lichen. Have you considered to start pulling some of the larger limbs down.
--- End quote ---

That's exactly what I intend to do.  I got this one yesterday @ about 3 so all I've had time to do was to take the pictures you see.  Its in my truck now, so if its not raining at lunch I'll be able to do that work then.

My only question is how to deal w/ the branch where it meets the trunk.  Looking at some huge maples and oaks around here, the low branches come off perpendicular to the trunk ...w/ no discernible upward movement.  When I bend this tree's branches down, there is a gentle rise before it levels off.

I figure I need to deal with this now or forever wish I'd gotten it right to begin with (and then not have the heart to lose the branch).  Should I notch the branch?  Top or bottom?  Is there a technique I'm missing?  If i allow unrestrained growth of those branches will the additional growth help to alleviate the appearance that the branch rises before it levels out (like how you have to exaggerate bends when you're styling whips)?

rockm:
You cannot pull those lower branches down enough to be convincing in that position with wire. Notching them won't really give them any better appearance.

The junction of the first branches and trunk are important visually to establish the mood of the tree. If you wire the current branches downward, they will be "rainbow" arcs for the most part and will look strange on such a great aged-looking trunk.

I'd hard prune or remove them next spring and wait for new shoots in those locations and manipulate them into a downward angle from the get-go. Since tridents have no trouble at all in pushing alot of new shoots at pruning sites, you won't have to wait long.

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