First things first, as you could probably note from the question I posted few days ago on Junipers, I am a rookie with Junipers and you should certainly wait for more experienced users to address your questions.
Anyway, being a rookie, I am currently studying hard the features of this awesome species and I would like to share with you a couple of thoughts on this beautiful tree in order to start a discussion, which I think is the base of learning.
The first thing I can notice from the picture is that the structure of the tree is influenced by apical dominance, which is typical of Junipers (the foliage mass in the upper part of the tree is dense and thriving vs. thinner lower branches). Hence, If I worked on this tree, I would thin a little the upper part letting the first branches run freely in order to establish proportion in the overall structure. This process would also maximize photosynthetic efficiency: each upper branch would get its own ray of sunlight producing a bigger amount of sugars, starches and carbohydrates.
As a general rule, I would follow Ryan Neils’ tip on thickening branches:
- If you want to stop something from thickening, reduce the number of leaves that it has
- If you want something to thicken, increase the number of leaves that it has
From a structural standpoint, I’d also set a different angle in the first branch (and in doing so the branches above will follow the same angle of the first branch): from to , this in order to avoid symmetry and trying to create organic asymmetry naturally.
I would love to hear the opinions of more experienced users though.