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2 Central leaders on my plum tree

Hi, I have a four year old Victoria plum tree that appears to have two central leaders as it forks at about a foot above ground, and they are both the same size, should I cut one of them right down to the join (if so which one?) or leave them and prune to tops of both ready for fruiting this year.
Thanks in advance
Les

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,483
    edited 17 January
    I would want to see a photograph in order to advise you on whether and how to prune ... but I will say do not prune your plum tree now!!! 😱  Not even a little bit!

    No prunus trees should be pruned until early summer when the tree is in active growth.  Pruning during the winter makes all prunus trees susceptible to Silver Leaf Disease.  
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  • LesGreenLesGreen Posts: 4
    Thanks for your reply DFA, I have had to resize this photo I hope you can see it?
    The red branches are from a nearby dogwood
    Les
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,483
    I would leave both branches. I can’t see that anything is to be gained by removing one and the wound might make it susceptible to infection/damage. 
    It’s a handsome tree, if a little unusual. There’s a lot to be said for individuality 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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