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Morn Not Your Dead Loquat

The bad news is the Loquat definitely didn’t survive the winter. It was a mild winter, but zone 7 pushed this Japanese Plum too far.
The good news is that a prime spot for a fruit tree doesn’t sit fallow for a moment in this yard. I picked up a Semi-Dwarf Red Bartlett Pear from Big Lots for $15. My neighbor has another pear nearby that should work as a pollinator, so I’ll only need one in my yard. I think I need to prune about 3′ off the top of the central leader. What do you think? Do I step away from the pruners or take a little off the top?