Some tips for the correct pruning of the branches based on their main stylistic defects, taken from the books of John Naka.
In particular, particular attention should be paid to the apical branch, to branches that grow in “wrong” directions (inward, parallel to each other, too straight, in the shape of a “U” or semicircle). Branches that grow too vertically or hang down or those that cross each other should be pruned. Other branches that must be eliminated are the so-called “suckers” or the young and tender branches that sprout from the base of the trunk and the root suckers, which take away energy from the plant.
In some cases, some of these branches can also be developed, especially at the base of the trunk with the intent of making the trunk itself swell and then eliminating them when the purpose has been achieved (sacrificial or sacrificial branches).