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My elm tree was butchered and cut back to the main trunk with a few side branches. I am beyond devastated. Will the branches grow back? I live in Sydney Australia and it’s our winter

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    Pictures, please? It’s hard to judge based on a verbal description alone. Just choose edit, then the photo icon and follow the instructions in the pop-up window. Welcome to Gardening SE! – Stephie Jun 23 at 13:52
  • Was it butchered, or trimmed to become a decent looking tree 30 years from now when it nears full size? It's not as if the lower branches ride up the trunk as the tree gets taller. You have to trim to get a properly shaped mature tree. – Wayfaring Stranger Jul 24 at 21:46
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It will. Unless it was some really old or very sick elm, it will regrow with vengeance. Plus it is winter over there, so at least it was a good time for butchering, this increase chances of a powerful return of your elm.

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