Trees and Shrubs forum: Miniature Evergreen with Offshoot

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Remer, Minnesota
BSquared18
Sep 21, 2017 2:09 PM CST
Hello,

We just noticed that one of our two miniature evergreen trees (see photo) has a vertical offshoot we haven't seen before. The other tree of the same type does not have a similar growth. Can someone explain its purpose and what, if anything, we should do about it. Leave it be? Cut it off?

Thanks,
Bill

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Sep 22, 2017 8:11 AM CST
That looks like normal growth. If you cut it off the tree will probably branch out.
Porkpal
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Sep 27, 2017 8:40 AM CST
so if it is not cut off the tree will grow taller, rather than wider?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Sep 27, 2017 12:06 PM CST
It will grow in the shape natural for the plant if uncut. If cut it will probably fork at the top.
Porkpal

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