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    Live oak seedlings were delivered "topped"...how do I select a leader?

    I planted my arbor day live oak seedlings last fall. They have done well but most were topped without a clear leader when delievered. The small amont of new growth has been on side branches with none looking like new leaders. I have included a picture of one as an example.

    Do I wait a couple of years and expect a leader to develop?
    Do I begin to prune or work with a side branch to develop it into a leader?

    I had about a 10 year old tree topped by a falling limb and I was able to "train" one of the side branches as a new leader by wiring it straight up and it is doing well with the new leader after about 3 years.

    Thanks-*-Roy
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