a peach tree
I purchased a peach tree that is about 8' tall. I would like to create scaffolding shape with three or four limbs starting at about three feet but the base of the tree is about 2" diameter and where I want to cut the trunk off the diameter is 1 1/2" in diameter. I will be cutting the top 5' of the tree off won't that kill the tree?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
This kind of pruning will want to be done when the tree is a little younger. That is a lot of tree to be cutting off at one time. I would have to suggest cutting much less than that off, then tying the larger growth down until it retains that shape.
This article can help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/living-tree-sculpture.htm