It was doing really well in spring, but the leader was getting far too long.
|October 2016 - before pruning|
I decided to shorten it so that I could get some ramification.
|October 2016 - after pruning|
The tree responded well. Within weeks there were lots of new branches developing more or less where I wanted them.
|New growth - November 2016|
Then disaster struck. Four days after the photo above was taken we were hit my a massive hail storm and all that lovely new growth was ripped off, leaving this:
|November 2016 - after the hail|
It's now four months since that storm and sadly the tree hasn't replaced those branches. After some lesser hail late last year, it's looking worse than ever.
With winter approaching it appears that the entire growing season has been wasted. I guess all I can do now is wait to see how it responds next spring.