What will happen if Apical Meristem is damaged or cut?

The plant has one apical dominant meristem on its trunk that helps the plant to grow vertically.  If this dominant meristem is cut off or damaged, one or more lateral meristems will assume dominance, these meristems will start growing faster and the new growth will be lateral. Often several branches will exhibit this behavior after the removal of apical meristem, leading to a bushy growth. 

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the plant will not grow more and will die

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