Trident Back Budding

This is a large (for me) Trident Maple that over the last few years has gotten a little out of shape. This year I’m determined to improve the branch structure on all of my deciduous trees. Over the Winter I pruned back the branches quite a bit. Some would say, not enough, but I was happy with the amount. I had a closer look yesterday to see how adventurous the back budding has become and was delighted with the results.

Below you can see one of the branches I pruned back and the resulting abundance of new buds appearing.

A few other photos showing this season new growth. I hope to increase the inner ramification and create a more natural looking image of a deciduous tree rather than one padded out to look like a Pine.