pruning a large camellia for tree form - best number of stems?
I have a Camellia 'Survivor' I'd like to become a tree. I bought it about 4 years ago at 3' tall and it's up to 6.5' tall so it's making almost a foot a year of growth. I don't fertilize it.
I have several large old American hollies on my property that area all > 25' tall. They are all multistemmed (or multi-trunked) but so good at shedding snow (>2 ft. in the past 2 winters) and so strong limbed I can never see them being split down the middle as sometimes happens with multi-trunked/divided trunk trees. Bradford Pears are notorious for that...
Camellia Forest notes the original plant is > 30' ft. high. I've been there but I can't remember if the largest camelllias had one or more stems. Should I prune mine to have just one stem, or leave it with the 3 main stems it has now? Do the best looking tree shaped camellias in the south have one trunk or more?