I have a quick question related to chinese elms. I have recently acquired a wonderful old Elm, fortuitously just before the chinese elm summer work live stream. I studied Ryan’s technique for summer pruning during the live stream, and dove into my own tree the very next day.
Instead of redistributing the strength to many growing tips, the tree has now responded with a few tips per branch elongating drastically, all of which are growing starkly vertical with much bigger leaves. Frustration.
At this point, can i remove these vertically elongating shoots? Or would it be better to wait until after leaf drop so i’m not further weakening the tree going into fall? If it’s helpful, I’m in northern VA, zone 7a.
Thanks in advance for the help!