Autumn Blaze Maple 2 Leaders - with Pics!... 'Use this thread'
I think I might have this pictures thing worked out. Lets try this again.... Sorry bout the other dup posting. You have to be a code writer to post pics here I guess. Anywho...
I have an autumn blaze maple that I planted 3-4 years ago and shes doing great with lots of growth. It does have a co-dominant leader. I am wondering if I should cut one of them off? Or should I leave them both alone?? The pictures attached should illustrate what I'm up against. The "Y" is @7.5' up. The leader circled in red looks like it was an offshoot that started off as a branch but then grew straight upward to compete for leader position. The crotch looks tight. They are now both equal size.
Also, the lowest branch is 41" from ground level. Do I cut these lower branches off as well? how high do I go? and most importantly, WHEN do I prune? Now a good time? or too late? Oh, and the tree is planted 18' from the corner of my home.