Hi guys! This is my first time posting here, hope to learn a lot from the community. Right now, I need help with my new olive tree.
This here is a wild olive yamadori from the island of Crete (in Greece).
You’ll notice it’s not the kind of tree Ryan spoke about in his olive videos, this one does not bear fruit and has tiny leaves, and its form is the natural olive form (still very much twisted and gnarly and with tons of naturally occurring deadwood).
Here are a few more views, as well as a potting suggestion from the guy that gave it to me.
My main dilemma is:
- Should I chop off the section of the trunk that currently forms the apex to force growth in the lateral direction to the right, or do I keep that growth and remove the growth/deadwood to the right of the apex?
Here’s how the first situation would look (roughly):
And here’s a rough look at the second situation:
Clearly, the second situation is far less invasive and dramatic, but I’m also not too sure on my feelings about how it looks. I feel like the first situation would give rise to some nice taper, but I’m unsure of how it would affect the health of the tree, what would be the appropriate time and method to perform the operation.
Thanks in advance to anyone who chimes in!