Multi-Stem Autumn Blaze Maple- Need help to choose
We fell in love with a multi trunk Autumn Blaze at our local nursery and are ready to bring one home. However, we are not sure which one of the two is going to be a better choice. The trees are at least 15' tall. One has five 2-2.5" trunks, at a slight angle to each other; the other has three 3-3.5" trunks, closer and more parallel to each other. The first one looks more interesting, like a small grove; the second is also very nice, narrower but elegant. Our concern is that somebody on this forum mentioned that the trunks can "split" with time. Which combination of trunks is more structurally sound? We normally do not have large storms here, the location is relatively protected. Our neighbors have old silver maples with no damage to speak of. The soil here is good, fertile and loamy. Any advice or opinion is greatly appreciated.