I acquired this trident maple about 6 months ago, I’m trying to figure out what to do with the shoots that are upright, thank you in advance
One option is to wire them out and undulating to form a spreading canopy as would be seen in many large maples. You might only use the first few inches of the branch and cut back to create some additional branching and spread. I am thinking of more spread and variation of branch angles than is seen in a classic broom.
Well this is the head in full view. I’ve done some pinching as it has grown this spring
to understand the way that it would react later down the road and have seen a nice reduction of internodes.
Looks good and this view makes me think even more about the spreading deciduous model.
Thank you for your advice!