I've just purchased these 2 limelight hydrangeas from the garden center. I'm very new to gardening and part terms on plants. So please forgive me if I should be calling certain areas of the plant, by different names. I tried to pick two limelights that had thick single bases. Now my question is, do I trim them further to get the tree shape going, or keep all new growth off of the base stem area and in a few years it will get taller and form the tree? Im not concerned with flower production this year, so pruning now and removing buds isnt a concern.
The option to purchase limelights already trained as a tree was not in my budget. Being in the northern VA/DC metro area they want $80 plus per small tree. These two were only $16 each, much more budget friendly. Im sure it will take a few years, but I don't mind the wait. I've included a photo of each bush, mainly the base area. Also stuck one that I love and hope to have these eventually look like.
Im sorry the two photos of the limelights are sideways. I can not figure out how to turn them since that is not how they are on the ipad.