Twin Leaders atop an Afgan Pine

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  1. Dutchman

    Dutchman Active Member 10 Years

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    About a month ago I planted a 5' Afgan (Eldarica) Pine in a circle in front of the house. Somehow I didn't really notice when I bought it that there are two Leaders at the top fighting for supremacy. One is about an inch shorter than the other. The tree looks healthy. Should I cut the shorter one or just wait and see what happens? Any ideas would be appreciated.
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    If you prefer symmetry then prune out the shorter leader, otherwise let them grow as they are.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Unless it looks like there is risk of splitting later. When the tree is small is the time to prevent this.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I'd prune to a single leader. Select the straightest leader, not necessarily the tallest, for keeping.
     
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    Dutchman Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank you for the replies. Sounds like a coin toss.
     

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