I finally got the tree safely out of its pot and the roots are kinda crowded on the bottom as tends to happen but there is still some soil throughout. If it were earlier I would be pruning the roots for sure, they seem to have some sections of the finer roots at the bottom dying off which may be the cause in the static condition of the trees growth but I expected a much more crowded situation for such a slow down.
Could there be another reason for it pausing new growth? It has lost a few more leaves which I know is possible just cause I haven't had it home long and its adjusting but it doesn't hurt to give all the details. The pot does dry out fast for a semi cascade pot even for this time of year, especially when there arn't any new shoots on it.
This is usually another sign that it needs more room for the roots so I got a sufficent size clay pot to hold the undisturbed root ball and some new soil till next spring, and new ideas or possibilities??? or is this still my least stressful way to try for more vigor in your guys'/gals' opinion? Thanks again for all your help.