Planted a local nursery-bought Rainier Cherry last spring. It had 5 long branches near the bottom and a spire of a leader going to 6 ft (the 5 branches started at about 1ft). Tree didn’t do much last year getting established.
I realize now I had a perfect form to cut out the center for a UFO training, but instead I cut back the 5 branches to get it to branch out.
This year, the tree has grown like crazy and it’s only June. 2-3ft branches in every direction, off the original branches, up the entire length of the trunk, and off the top.
I’m not sure what to do with it at this point. Is it too late to cut out the center? There is so much growth! The pictures don’t do it justice.