The Q&A Archives: How to prune baby Chinese Evergreen Elm Tree

Question: I bought a Monrovia Chinese Evergreen Elm tree that looks like a bush. I want to prune it but can not figure which branch is leader.
What do I do? It was in a 2 gallon container and stands about 48

Answer: Your Chinese elm will eventually have a broad, spreading canopy and it's natural for it to have several main branches growing from the trunk. There won't be a single central leader, but several branches of the same size and vigor emerging from the top of the trunk. If you want your elm to look more like a tree than a shrub, begin by removing the lowest branches to produce a clean trunk. Then simply shorten the remaining branches so the canopy is roundish in appearance. Best wishes with your landscape!

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