The Q&A Archives: Pruning Japanese Cherry Trees

Question: Is it harmful to prune Japanese flowering cherry trees?

Answer: The Japanese Flowering Cherry tree (Prunus serrulata) is "moderately" tolerant to pruning. As with all trees, pruning out dead and diseased wood is necessary to the health of the tree. Pruning out water sprouts, crossed branches, and those growing inward, will also aid in growing a healthy tree. Other pruning for size and shape should not be severe. If major pruning is warranted, do it over several years so as not to shock the tree.

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