Tree or bush? Who decides
Another post got me thinking:
Things I plant in the open, japanese maples, red maples, crab apples, black gum (Nyssa Sylvatica), they all end up branching so low they'll grow like a multi-trunked bush if you don't prune them. I firmly believe my Nyssa and my red maple would have grown into the shape of a 40ft tall bush if left to their own in the open in my yard.
Now throw in some competition and the Nyssa and red maple try to get straight and tall to out grow their competition. Something like a barberry bush seems preprogrammed to grow in a mound no matter how many others touch it.
Is this pre-programming the difference? I've seen plenty of lace leaf japanese maples pruned to more resemble bushes or trees and they've looked fine both ways. Anyone got extreme example pics? Maybe a Metasequoia pruned like a bush?