I recently bought a 8' spring serviceberry. While bringing it home, the leading branch broke 6" from the top. Is the tree considered 'topped' now that the leader has broken? The leader only broke about half way. Should I cut it off completely?
For now I would leave it alone and see if anything sprouts from the remaining portion of the leader. In the spring, if sprouting occurs, cut the broken end back to viable growth. These sprouts could become the new central leader.
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