The long trunk to the left has died completely and the growth to the right has been quite slow but made up some ground late last year.
This is the view from the rear. Neither of the trunks have been wired and are just as they were when lifted.
I amused myself the other day by doing a bit of de-barking and basic carving as tis will not affect the health of the tree. The next few pics show some of the detail.
The carving and the jins will need refinement in the future and the tree needs a lot more foliage
I had a go at a virtual just for fun but as I look at it I am wondering if so much top growth is not too much for the slender trunk. I am sure there are other options and these will emerge as the tree develops over the next year or two. The lower trunk is about 5 inches diameter and the tree stands about 2 feet tall. Sorry about the old money. I’m just useless with metric.
As soon as it is appropriate I intend to put the tree into a better potting mix
Another option or at least something along these lines might be possible. I am waiting with interest to see what Ian comes up with