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    Poplar tree pruning

    What would happen to my 5 year old poplar tree if I topped it off; that is, cut off the top lead? Would it produce more branches lower, or would it establish a new lead or what? Thank you.

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    Seedling
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    RE: Poplar tree pruning

    Well you might kill it if you top it like that, and if it doesnt die it will not be healthy. Your best bet is to leave the lead and prune uneven parts of the poplar. Like a haircut.
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    RE: Poplar tree pruning

    Is the same advice about cutting off the top lead true for Magnolias as well?

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    RE: Poplar tree pruning

    Yes, that advice about topping trees goes for ANY tree.
    --Jules

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    Re: RE: Poplar tree pruning

    Quote Originally Posted by Jules
    Yes, that advice about topping trees goes for ANY tree.
    OOOPS

    I have topped one of mine off about 5 times (in an effort to keep the height down) and the tree seems fine. What will happen long term?

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