Advice on pruning Japanese maple crossed branches
I bought a JM Rhode Island Red last year. In looking at its bare branches this year, I noted that one of its major branches is crossing/rubbing another branch. I know I'm supposed to remove the offending branch, but to do so will ruin the nearly perfect spherical symmetry of the tree, at least for a few seasons. I need suggestion on the proper way to proceed.
Crossover photo (crossed area outlined in black):