Trained Palmatum maple
Along with sheared Azaleas, the garden contains a number of trained maples. This is quite a large Palmatum maple and has been trained for probably 15 years. Every year annual growth is cut back to two buds and extra long twigs cut back to within the bulk of the tree. These trees are planted in the ground so they do nee to be kept under control!
The tree in 2002.
The tree in 2004.
The tree in 2005.
The tree in winter 2006 so that the branch structure can be seen.