My dwarf cherry recently had a canker infestation on its only branch, had to chop it off. Looked funny with only one big branch anyway. Now the tree is putting on most of the its new growth in a big ol' leader...this has me a bit concerned.
I would like several fruit bearing branches lower down on the tree, which means I want that cluster of twigs below the leader to branch out. Can I force this by cutting back the leader, or will they grow out on their own?