Young Freeman Maple not filling out
Last fall, I planted an acer freemanii (Armstrong Maple). It was a sapling when I planted it.
It's growing just fine--even after my gardener cut some of the lower branches off from it in May (and yes, I was furious!!). It also survived its first Southern California summer in its full sun location.
Anyway, I realize that this tree grows in a narrow columnar form, but the fact that it's about 10 feet tall and very narrow (maybe a foot wide) makes it look very awkward. It seems that it grows up faster than it grows out.
How long until it looks more like a "tree"?
The central leader bends a slight bit as well, but I imagine that will correct itself over time.