Last summer Mark had to seriously prune one of our ancient apple trees. We love this tree and thus added a support crutch (a peeled trunk from an old arbor vitae) to help the remaining half of the apple tree carry the load. A friend who has an older redbud tree with a gorgeous spreading form propped up an expansive branch with two birch trunks.
Giving trees a bit of help in this fashion is something you often see in Japanese gardens, and so we are attuned to finding examples of this technique wherever we go. We found the solution below on the city's east side near Madison Kipp, clearly the work of another tree lover.