Seven Sons Tree (Heptacodium)
I bought a 7 Sons tree this past spring. It's growing like a weed in a five gallon pot, and if I didn't know better, I'd look at it and say it IS a weed: long, low, rangy branches going off in all directions. And all starting at the same point about 3 or 4 inches off the ground. At first, there didn't seem to even be a leader, but a tall vertical shoot has developed, so I am hopeful. I don't care if it turns out to be multi stemmed or single, but I do want it to look like a tree. I have seen some beautiful pics on the web, so I know there is hope for this gangly kid. My question: Should I begin training it now? And if so, how? Or, should I let it grow on a few years before I begin to work to shape it, and if so, how long? Any other tips on pruning this baby will be appreciated.