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The high-quality nursery tree on the left has one dominant leader almost to the top of the tree. Two current-year stems are equally dominant in the very top of the crown, and there are many stems and branches just below this point that are growing upright. Unless pruned, these will form several codominant stems, all originated from the top of the original nursery tree. Prune at planting to eliminate these. Although reduction cuts are preferable, heading cuts are sometimes necessary when lateral branches are absent.

Before pruning at planting After pruning at planting

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