Hi. I just recently bought 2 more japanese maples. the fireglow for the front of my house, and shaina, for the backyard. Both were 15 gallons and one thing I have noticed is they look very bushy although I would assume they should take up the tree form. I don't plan to prune just yet as I want my trees to readjust to the new environment but was wondering if I am supposed to prune it to the shape i want by cutting away the lower branches. I want my fireglow to eventually have this canopy look, but right now, it looks like an ice cream cone. Same with my shaina, looks like ice cream cone, but I want it to have more of a tree form rather than a shrub form. Say if I prune next year, I can just cut away the lower branches? or will my tree grow taller and these lower branches actually will become part of the top canopy? Thankyou!