heya, folks :) i've got a red-leaf japanese maple seedling growing in one bed - unknown variety; definitely not a dwarf type, though. it's 5 or 6 years old now, not sure because of where it's located... this thing actually popped up right where i was going to put one in the middle of this one bed. the problem is that initially, i didn't see it because of the vinca in that bed, so, that's why i'm not sure of how old it is. the vinca is why i'm posting. i wanted to clear some of it out and away from the seedling so that the tree could grow better and i found that the trunk is crooked because it had to grow around/through the vines of the vinca. the bottom-most portion of the trunk is straight - about 1 1/2 inches - and then it curves almost completely back on itself for a couple inches before being straight again for a few more inches. all told, it's about 6 to 6 1/2 inches in length. what do i do to straighten this out?? i wouldn't mind a little bit of a bend especially if it was a dwarf type. normal growth pattern for this type is perfectly straight up with a Y at some point. so, can i wrap, or support with poles, this seedling so that the trunk straightens out?? diameter is small - not even as thick as a pencil yet, so, very flexible still and there's plenty of time to work to correct it. which would be the better technique? thanks!!!