First time poster here. I’ve been lurking and learning for about a year and decided it’s time to ask for some guidance on a tree from the wonderful Mirai community.
I purchased a Potentilla fruticosa from a local nursery after being inspired by the recent potentilla streams. It is one of the biggest and most complex trees I have worked on yet, but I am pleased with how it is going so far. As with many subjects, there is that one branch or problem area that I’m struggling to rectify.
In this instance, it is the branch circled in the second image. I was hoping that some folks could offer their opinions on what I should do with it. Its long and leggy, but has a nicely structured foliar mass at the end. I don’t want it to be the lowest branch because I like the current lowest branch all the way to the left. I tried bending it out flatter, but it adds symmetry to the tree that I’m not keen on.
What do you all think? Obligatory branch-hidden-with-paper towel shot included.
Also, I am a little stuck on what to do with the second circled branch. It crosses the trunk in a weird way, has very little foliage all the way at the tip, and is too stiff to bend. Should I chop or jin? Jin might look good with the other dead wood branches.
If anyone has feedback on any other areas of the tree, please let me know as well! I have never had feedback on one of my pieces from any bonsai community. Be as harsh as you would like! haha
Thanks in advance!