Beeches: fagus sylvatica 'purple fountain' reestablishing leader

Discussion in 'Fagaceae (beeches, oaks, etc.)' started by painteddaisy, May 20, 2008.

  1. painteddaisy

    painteddaisy Member

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    I planted my Fagus sylvatica 'Purple Fountain' last Fall. As there was damage to the leader, I was forced to prune it back to the top lateral branch. However, I now realize I may have jeopardized the upright growth of the tree. Am I now committed to an 8 foot weeper, or will the tree establish a new leader from the top lateral?
    Many thanks.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Same answer I gave on GardenWeb: tree is quite likely to resume upward growth on its own, beeches are so tolerant of pruning they can be hedged.
     

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