How to trim a chitalpa tree? #125546

Asked May 06, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

I live in Fruita and I planted a chitalpa tree two years ago.  Last summer the top of it had died, so I cut it down to where it was still alive, but it sent shoots out of the lower trunk and the ground around the tree.  This made it look like a very large bush.  This year I'd like to trim it so that it will look like a tree again.  Do I just cut off the extra trunks with a saw?  Will the growth go into the trunk I leave?  It still looks quite dead, but it did last year at this time as well.

Mesa County Colorado

Expert Response

At this point, I suggest thining and shaping into a multi-stemmed flowering shrub. Choose 3-5 strong branches. Review the links below:
Steven Newman Replied May 07, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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