Balancing the Foliage Masses
by Jerry Meislik
Michael Bross of France writes about his Ficus microcarpa tree being too heavy in foliage.
I feel that this is quite a lovely bonsai tree. My thought agrees with Michael that the foliage in the top tiers of the tree, zones 2 and 3, in the second photo are too heavy in foliage.
If you compare zones 2 and 3 with zone 1 it is apparent that the upper portions of the tree are becoming too visually heavy. This will cause the upper branches to get too much out of scale with the important first and lower branches. If this imbalance is allowed to persist the lower branches will weaken and then die ruining the whole composition.
So my advice is to thin out the heavy zones and allow the weak zones to grow lots more foliate to try and bring the tree back in balance.
In addition the crossing aerial roots shown in the last photo are distracting. I would consider removing the one on the right side and the one that crosses the base of the trunk.
Congratulations to Michael on his wonderful tree.