Shaping a Small Ornamental Tree
We actually received HOA approval for a small deciduous patio tree but now I'm questioning myself if it would look right with the pruning we would need. The type of tree could be exchanged out (with another approval) but the size would need to still be about the same 12'h & 12'w.
We would need to keep the foliage of the tree cropped out for the first 5-6'. This is to minimize distraction from our view of our lake and in addition we don't want to feel closed in. A small tree in this area would be nice to give the area a beautiful specimen while providing some much needed shade for the patio to the East (we'll be using a LARGE umbrella in the interim until it's full grown).
I'm not sure if pruning in this manner would ultimately look too top heavy. I know there have been discussions here and there on improper shaping of a tree, but I'm not sure what the consensus would be on a tree this small.