Tree bare stem length
I'm after a bit of help. I want to know if the bare stem / trunk of a young sapling (the distance between the top of the roots and the lowest branch) changes much in the following varieties. As soon as possible after planting out, we want a good 2 meters of bare trunk before the plant bushes out (to block the line-of-sight to neighbours, whilst loosing as little space at ground level as possible). I.e. we want 'lollipop' shaped trees. When shopping for standards we want to know if we can count on the bare stem extending much over the first say couple of years or if we need to buy standards with sufficient bare stem already...
Ilex 'golden king'
PS I understand we will be able to trim the lower branches off to get this effect, provided the tree will keep growing directly upwards...
Many thanks! Michael