I have this azalea for almost a year now. You can see how I got it on the first picture. Almost the moment I got it I cut it drasticly.
It got pretty denser til today. It just seems the top branches will die off. Oh wel. Looks like the shaping will take just a little longer as planed.
Because I have the azalea over winter in a room where the temperature is around 3°C it started to grow allredy so I had to repot it. Usually we repot azaleas in may after blooming but i wont let it bloom. I will shape it first. So blooming would be a waste of energy.
...just have too water