The Q&A Archives: Pruning Problem Of Osage-orange (maclura Pomifera)

Question: How can we stop the thorny sprouts on Osage-Orange when the limbs are trimmed back?

Answer: In actuality this is a very large tree and its natural response to being cut back is going to be to make sprouts, particularly if it is not pruned correctly. It is also by nature a thorny (that's an understatement!) tree. In general it is not usually necessary to prune this tree with the exception being to remove crossing branches or dead or damaged wood. If you are having trouble with the tree you might want to call in a professionally trained arborist to see what can be done.

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