We live in the Pennines and we have a "jupiter" apple tree which, due to the westerly winds has a permanent bend eastwards. It's about 7 years old and 4 metres high. However, one branch is only about a metre up the trunk and roughly 3cm thick. It yielded 2 apples last year.
I all but pollarded the whole tree last year to correct the growth and sacrificed a years fruit and I'm not sure whether to saw the offending branch off this year in case I get another fruitless year. When it does fruit we get 80+ apples, although this year we had one.
I'm ready to prune it back a third this week, so can anyone recommend whether to chop off that low branch to balance the shape of the tree or merely prune it back?