The Q&A Archives: Tree Trimming Time

Question: We have a macadamia tree that is in dire need of trimming and shaping. I would like to know the proper time of year to do this? It does produce nuts that are edible, so we don't want to ruin the tree.

Answer: Macadamia trees can flower in winter and spring with nuts ripening in late fall to early spring, so timing is important when pruning. Prune immediately after harvesting the current crop of nuts and you won't interrupt the flowering and fruiting of the tree.

If your tree is in need of extensive pruning, you may have to forego the next crop of nuts in order to get it back into shape. For best recovery, try not to remove more than one-third of the tree when you prune.

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