Ryusen: link to pruning tips...as well as photo of my Ryusen
I picked this up after a debate of not wishing to lose a weeping pine. [Not sure of specific name] Due to having a Black Walnut in the yard. With the Japanese Maple on the list of things you can plant...I fell in love with the noticeable curves of the branches as they drape to the ground. They had straighter ones there that you didn't notice as much character to the trunk...with the curves. Not sure if there is a right way or wrong way to stake these. But never the less this one really caught my eye. And I claimed it...It's 3 foot tall...and I may watch to see if I can add more height to it later with staking...spoke to "my nursery" on more in depth instructions. For I grabbed this one at a nursery that I don't typically frequent that is further from my home but was having a sale that I noticed as I drove by. And the person who helped me was not very knowledgeable with this particular tree.
Did some searching...read that Miracle Grow will kill this tree. And found some good tips on thinning/pruning as well. Though my husband is concerned with thinning to much after just planting it. So we'll wait a bit on that. Actually now that we've waited a bit...not sure if I need to thin the bottom...Still pondering. I was advised to pull branch I contemplate taking off out of the way to see if I like the desired look "before" pruning... Good tip I though.
LINK TO PROPERLY PRUNING: I found this interesting...because it gives two ways to prune for separate looks.