I think AO naturally wants to be a floppy, willowy kind of bush. Kind of like forsythia. However I’m trying to make mine more upright and controlled in a highly visible location in the front of my yard. This is a Garnet from Edible Landscaping which came as a 3 gal pail. I thought it would be cool to make a section of double helix trunk on the bottom, then let it do what it wants up top. This will be it’s fourth season at my place and it is looking good. Lots of flowers this year for the first time!
The other week the plant velcro I have fixing the two trunks to the trellis failed. It totally flopped down into a mess, though the branches didn’t break thankfully. Hopefully as it gets older and the two main trunks get thicker and stiffer it can eventually hold itself up and I can remove the trellis. Maybe someday I would try to graft in some little cross pieces between the two trunks to make it look like DNA.
You might think this is a lot of effort to expend for a bush that doesn’t want to have a clean form and makes berries most people don’t care for. But I’ve got a small yard, so the extra gardening enthusiasm has to find somewhere to go, and it seems to be taking the form of overtraining bushes and trees!