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Which leader will win on this Bush's Lace Engelmann Spruce?

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4 months ago
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Hey everyone. I have this cool little Engelmann Spruce of the Bush's Lace variety, and have a question about the leaders. When I bought this from Conifer Kingdom they had selected the longer stem to train up on a steak, but as the buds have been bursting the shorter leader definitely looks more Alpha.

I'm just curious based on your experience if you know which one will be more dominant based on how big the buds are and the direction they are forming in. I'm not really too worried about pruning one of the leaders off since this variety seems to always figure out how to be a pyramidal tree.

My little guy:


A specimen that seems to be growing in a similar fashion:


Thanks for your help as always!

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