It seems an insect chewed and effectively severed new tender growth at the topmost portion (central leader) of my young Thuja plicata:enter image description here

How will the tree respond to this? Does it continue growing vertically?

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Another branch will become leader; For a tree that young it will look fine in a year, Bigger conifers will also develop a new leader but it will take a few years of growth to develop a regular appearance. Sometimes a mature tree will always have an oddly shaped top.

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