Crooked Tupelo Tree

Asked March 14, 2020, 3:28 PM EDT

I have a Tupelo tree that I planted about three years ago - it is maybe 18 ft tall now. Last year when the leaves came on, it started getting top heavy, and growing heavier at the top and leaning on the right (see photos, one showing last summer and one showing bare trunks this spring) - it appears that the leader may have broken at some point. What is the best way to prune this tree to help it "straighten up and fly right". I have attached a photos - one that has markings of where I was thinking to prune it. Any help would be appreciated.

Washington County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Although it relatively easy to 'train' immature trees into the shape you want them, manipulating the shape of a mature tree is far more of a task, if it can be done at all. Trees can, under certain circumstances, be staked or cabled: (,

But, because this branch is so high, I doubt that is an option. I would suggest you contact a certified arborist, who might have ideas about the feasibility of any mechanism. You can find one through this website:

Good luck!