Even thoug the driftwood was shortened this tree still required a lot of work. It has been pretty much neglected all year and was showing that pretty clearly. So my first action was to select the branches and get this tree wired out.
As you can see, long leggy branches with no structure. It is trying to revert back into a shrub. The long branches take away from the nice trunk of the tree and make it look small.
After just a short time the tree now looks like a tree. The branches are shorter and taper up the tree. Additionally the driftwood will be the top of this tree. Once the bottom fills in and has nice pads for branches the color contrast will be great. The tree is potted incorrectly in the pot and will have to be turned to this front during the winter. This tree is less than a year away from being completed.