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Prune my lanky apple tree or not

15 years ago

I just planted a 2-yr-old 6ft Granny Smith. 30 inches from the ground, the trunk forks into two desirable leaders. 15 inches higher, each leader forks into three desirable 25-inch branches. The crotches are narrow, but I have spread the leaders and branches to about 30 degrees. The tips of opposing branches are 25 inches apart. Question: Should I (a) prune off one of the leaders or (b) go with a "multi-leader form?

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