The Q&A Archives: Pruning-crab Apple Trees

Question: I have four dwarf flowering crab apple trees- they are now
gutter high on the house and are thick enough that flowers
planted underneath do not get sun. what is the proper way
and how do i prune and thin these trees.

Answer: Ornamental crab apple pruning is usually limited to removal of any dead wood and possibly a slight thinning of the crown if neededto improve air circulation. As trees grow larger they do naturally tend to provide increased shade. This means the flower selection needs to be adapted over time to suit the changing lighting conditions. You may be about ready to switch over to plants that prefer partial shade to shade as opposed to those that prefer sun to partial shade.

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