Can New Lower Branches Be Encouraged To Grow On Mature Sweet Gum Tree

Question From: CONNECTICUT
Q: A couple of days ago I ended up, in my haste to create more space for a driveway, delimbing a few lower hanging branches that resulted in an asymmetrical shape of my sweet gum. It’s a very old tree (probably several decades) and is part of a lined street gums on both sides of the road making them a show stopper in fall. Long story short, how do I induce branch growth around the spots where I chopped of those limbs. I am absolutely gutted - and so is that one gum tree (as evidenced from the photo). Kindly advise.
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A: Mature trees grow from the top. Get an onsite inspection from a certified arborist foor advice on course of action to best prune the tree. To find one in your area go to and enter your zip code. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.