damaged sugar maples
Hello. I purchased three sugar maples 2-3' tall from the Arbor Day Foundation and they were taller than the box they were mailed in so the packager cracked off the tops of all three trees to make them fit. The one top was still hanging on by a little bit and I taped it together to see if it will grow back. (Does it have a chance?) These were not cut, but obviously cracked, as they were quite rough and torn looking. I planted them but do not know what to do. With the leader clipped, what will happen to these trees? Should I prune them to the next bud and try to reestablish a single leader to be the future trunk? Should I demand new trees? I paid a decent price for these and want some nice upstanding shade trees for my lawn. Your help is genuinely appreciated.