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Trimaptim

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I have this elm, I believe it's an allee elm, which is close to the Chinese elm in looks. I trunk chopped it last year, let it grow and just chopped it last week again. I need opinions on which route to go...I'm thinking chop back hard and use that one low thick branch to build a small tree out of over the next few years, so I'd have a massive trunk on a smaller canopy. Or...left the new leader grow, and bend it towards the trunk and then up to create a style kind of like this picture. What do you all think?
 

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Leo in N E Illinois

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I can not make sense of your photos of your tree. Take the photo with the camera at the same level, or plane, as the upper rim of the pot. Also make sure you have a neutral background, with no distracting shrubbery in the background. Look at your example photo. You need a neutral background just like that.

About 'Allee' elm, it is not close to a chinese elm it IS a named cultivar of Chinese elm. Ulmus parvifolia 'Allee'.
 

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I agree with Leo, please try to take pictures as he suggests so we can better evaluate and comment.
 
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