Young birch tree
Please be gentle with me it's my first question on your wonderful forum although I have been hanging around in the background for quite sometime. I am quite the novice gardener when it comes to this kind of problem.
My young birch tree (Betula Crimson Frost) has suffered what I am presuming is wind damage. The main stem/trunk, not that I'd call it a trunk quite yet, has snapped half way down the tree. Rightly or wrongly I had it tied every few inches to a sturdy cane for the last 18 months to stop this exact thing happening as it seemed to me to be a very fragile, brittle young tree.
My questions are - will this break now encourage the young tree to branch outwards instead of upwards and ultimately loose it upright nature and spoil the whole look of the tree? It was selected for it's growth habit.
I'd rather try to save it than replace it (it wasn't the cheapest of saplings) so if worth saving do I just tidy up the break and do I do this just below where it snapped or do I take it back to branches (if that's what they are called) below.
Thanks in advance for all your help and comments they are much appreciated.