Trees and plants are no different than any other creature on the planet. If you want them to be nice, to act right, you have to train them when they are young.
With conical evergreens like Spruce trees, pine tree and upright arborviate it’s important to train them when really young to produce only one main leader. Often times when young they tend to produce multiple, competing leaders and it makes for not such a nice plant down the road.
For one thing, conical evergreens with multiple leaders are often pulled apart in the snow or wind and can split right now the middle.
Even with something as small as Dwarf Alberta Spruce, it’s really important to train them to a single leader and you do that by removing competing leaders.
See this Video on Removing Unwanted Leaders.
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