How to trim a chitalpa tree?

Asked May 6, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

I live in Fruita and I planted a chitalpa tree two years ago. Last summer the top of it had died, so I cut it down to where it was still alive, but it sent shoots out of the lower trunk and the ground around the tree. This made it look like a very large bush. This year I'd like to trim it so that it will look like a tree again. Do I just cut off the extra trunks with a saw? Will the growth go into the trunk I leave? It still looks quite dead, but it did last year at this time as well.

Mesa County Colorado trees and shrubs

1 Response

At this point, I suggest thining and shaping into a multi-stemmed flowering shrub. Choose 3-5 strong branches. Review the links below:

http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/619.html
http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/617.html
http://www.hort.usu.edu/extension/Heidi/UFF1412pagelow.pdf