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dead leader on beech tree

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Good evening everyone.

This is my first time here so please forgive any glaring arboretorial (?) errors. Anyhow, I have got a lovely beech tree in my garden: still very young (planted about 5 years ago) and about nine feet tall. Last year I noticed the main (leader?) branch (like the top part of the trunk if you like) had some shoots in Spring but these never developed. This Spring the situation remains the same: I pulled back on one of the twigs and it snapped, in that brittle way that dead wood does. However, the rest of the tree below a certain level is flourishing and as beautiful as ever. So my question is, will the tree be ok if I leave this leader branch or should I remove it to guarantee the future of my beloved beech?

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