So I bought two prunus mume (ume). I read up a lot and looked through all the q&a videos to get info on ume. What I learned was that it’s supposed to put out flowers, when they fall off new buds (with leaves) will swell, that’s the time to prune back to two leaf buds on every branch. It’s also the time to repot. After that let the first flush harden and prune back again. Then leave it to get flowers the next year or prune again later in the season if you don’t care for the flowers.
However when my flowers finally bloomed but the trees also put out leafbuds which opened simultaneous with the flowers. I asked around and then repotted without to much work on the roots and they have stayed healthy so far. The flowers are now gone and there’s a bunch of nice leafs.
There’s a problem though. It looks like most of the leafs and their buds are located pretty far out on each branch (see the pictures). This makes it hard to cut back very far to get a nice ramification. So I’m wondering when should I prune back to the inner most leafs (however far out they may be) and what should I do about the long straight branches with mostly buds on the tips? It won’t be a very pretty tree if I can’t cut it back further back.
All the advice and help I can get is very appreciated! Thank you