Pruning a Pakistan mulberry tree

Asked September 19, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

I have a tree, new this year, which has two strong top branches. The lower one is at 10 o'clock, but it is taller than the one further up the main trunk. Topmost tip is about 16' from the ground. Should I cut one of these, to form a central leader, or is it ok to leave these two tall branches as-is? Many thanks for your help!

Rockwall County Texas

1 Response

Mulberries are considered fast-growing, weak-structured trees. Your two branches forming a "V-crotch" increases the risk of a severe break-out in the future. I would suggest removing one of these two branches completely, so that you have more of a central leader shape and avoid trunk injury at such a low height.