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May 26, 2020 8:12 AM CST
Brandon, MS
I have a juniper tree that we planted about 3 years ago in our front yard. I had noticed that it appeared to have two tops, so I was going to prune it. That is when I realized it is actually two trees, or at least has two trunks coming out of the ground. At this point should I just let the two grow, or cut down the smaller?
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May 26, 2020 8:26 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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Post a photo of the base of the tree going into the ground.
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May 26, 2020 1:52 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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You can cut one off but, it will leave a hole on that side of the tree. Branches don't grow into the tree, they grow out. Trees form one canopy, no matter how many trunks they have. Cutting off one trunk will leave you with half a tree.
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May 26, 2020 1:59 PM CST
Brandon, MS
@oneeyeluke, I don't know if you can really make it out in the photo (It needs to be trimmed up). You can kind of see the main trunk to the left, and the smaller one on the right.
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May 26, 2020 2:01 PM CST
Brandon, MS
DaisyI said:You can cut one off but, it will leave a hole on that side of the tree. Branches don't grow into the tree, they grow out. Trees form one canopy, no matter how many trunks they have. Cutting off one trunk will leave you with half a tree.


Yes, that was one reason not to cut one down, not knowing if the one side would ever fill in. The tops are pretty close together, I had thought about tieing them together. I just don't want to damage the tree.
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May 26, 2020 2:38 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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There's no reason to tie them together and that might lead to breakage.
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