Answer: The leaves are needed for growth while the plant is becoming established, so it is not really a good idea to remove them yet. Over time, the tree look is achieved by allowing only one or a few stems to grow from the base and thicken up to serve as trunks. You would remove any excess shoots each spring. Do keep in mind however that this tree's natural shape is not a the somewhat formal, symmetrical outline as one would expect from a pear, instead it is a bit blowsy or billowing and more informal.
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