Answer: Lagerstroemia indica 'Near East' will produce multiple trunks if allowed to, but it's generally trained as a tree with a single trunk. If you have one with a single trunk, you can expect new sprouts to develop at the crown of the root mass. To maintain a single trunk, prune these suckers off. If you want multiple trunks, allow them to grow. These new shoots will develop into woody trunks as they mature.
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