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Example 3

Before pruning

before pruning

Growth needs to be "pushed" into the top of the tree. This can be accomplished by removing the largest one or two low branches (those in the bottom 5 feet of the tree) and shortening the other low branches. Aggressive stems on the lower 5 feet that were growing up into the canopy were shortened to a position about 5 feet from the ground.

After pruning

after pruning

The tree has a decent central dominant leader. The lowest branch that will be on the tree when the tree is sold is positioned on the right side 5 feet from the ground. It is a bit long and should probably be shortened. Although this tree has a dominant leader the form on the tree is less than desirable for many buyers. This will take at least a couple more years to fill in a look a bit better.