Training a young redbud tree
I planted a bare root redbud tree last fall. It was trained to a single leader and had been headed back to about 3 feet from the nursery. Should I be trying to train a new leader? Some of the new branches already have 12-18 inches of growth. I tried taping up the top branch to the little stub above it (I have seen that done on pecan trees here) but as the branch continued to grow the new growth flopped back to its original direction. This top branch is already sprouting side branches too. The tree seems to be happy growing branches no more than 45 degrees from the ground with nothing naturally growing upwards. Will it eventually sort itself out or should the top branch be staked to force it to grow up?