carrie mango tips?
Over the weekend I purchased an air layered Carrie mango tree. It is in a large nursery pot and probably 6 ft tall or so already.
I am planting this as an specimen tree between the sidewalk and street where many folks plant relatively ordinary things like crape myrtles, drake elms, palms, etc. I selected this variety because it will grow larger than the smallest varieties (e.g. Cogshall) yet it lacks the ambition to become a 50 ft giant.
Getting fruit is a consideration, obviously. However, form is more important in my case even if it means less fruit or more difficult harvesting. I would like this tree to take on a nice form- not a bush with foliage down to the ground, but a small tree with a nice clean trunk and branching that begins several feet off the ground. (a side benefit here is that difficulty in harvesting will prevent passers by from cleaning the tree of all fruit!) The plant already shows this habit- but how do help it along in the months and years to come? Is it as easy as pruning anything that grows lower than I'd like?