I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and recently became the owner of a nice, informal upright Sierra Juniper and am requesting suggestions on how to style the top portion of the tree. The top 8-10 inches is rather straight and, as it is exploding with growth, seems to be taking the bulk of the energy away from the rest of the tree. I am considering removing the top 3-4 inches where there is a new candidate for an apex.
How would the tree respond? Are there other considerations? Also, how will it be best to encourage back budding on the lower branches?
Thank you kindly for your input.