Q.The dwarf crab apple tree Laura i received by mail has been topped to fit in packaging!
Disappointed as the tree arrived about a metre in height but the tree top bad been cut to fit in packaging is this tree permanently damaged now? I have planted it anyway but will it grow in height now I know it is a dwarf but wanted more than a metre height.
Too bad for such a harsh topping cut, but no it is not permanently damaged and it will spout from the lateral buds and form a new top.
Keep an eye on the branch development at the top and select a vigorous and well formed new central leader to favor as you prune for structural integrity.