Lopsided / Unbalanced Young Plum Tree
I bought a green gauge plum tree from a nursery recently. Unfortunately, they only had two available, and neither was of very good shape. I didn't realize until after i was home how poorly structured the tree was.
Virtually all the branching goes to one side, and about 30" up, the central leader breaks at about a 20 degree angle from the vertical. There is one stub type limb on the 'balancing' side, but it does not appear to have sprouted any leaves (dead?). The tree is about 5 1/2' tall, in total.
Are there any reasonable solutions for balancing out this tree?
I had wondered if it is possible to head back the tree around 30" and cause it to sprout additional limbs, but I don't see any buds/nodes. And... I'm not sure if that would allow me to continue as a Central Leader form.
I have not yet decided if I I would train to the Open Center or Central Leader, but given this will be in the corner of the yard, likely Central leader.
Thanks in advance for the help!