In dormant season when the tree is bare it is easy when pruning to identify growth buds. However in summer when there is full foliage on the tree can an actual ‘leaf’ be accepted to perform in the same way as a growth bud? I mean when pruning if a cut is made above an outward facing leaf then will a lateral branch be formed facing away from the centre or is there another rule of thumb to be applied to get a lateral to form?
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To get more side branches, remove the tips of all limbs.