this is a radiata pine that i have in my collection for the last 12 years. it had been styled twice during that time, only minor works, trying to keep it looking “full and finished”.
however, i felt it was time to set the branch structures correct once and for all. there were a lot of big, thick branches that needed to be removed and replaced with thinner branches with buds closer to the trunk.
here is a video showing how the buds and needles are thinned out.
i had to think long and hard whether to remove to existing apex or not. but in the end it was a decision i had to make.
it looked a bit silly now with a little twig as the apex of the tree. but i’d expect in the next 2-3 years it will catch up with enough ramifications to make the tree look mature.