The Q&A Archives: Limbs on my fruit trees

Question: Hi: I have several fruit trees that have lost most of their limbs. Three trees have only new growth on one limb. The semidwarf trees are cherry, peach, apricot and nectarine. They are on a drip system that is on year round. What can I be doing wrong? Bill

Answer: Limbs typically do not just fall off fruit trees. If limbs die, they may be attacked by insects or diseases; if they are missing, perhaps deer or other munching creatures are removing them for you. I would prune each tree to a symmetrical form and wait for new growth to appear. They may look more like shrubs than trees without a central leader, but at least you'll get additional branching and, hopefully, fruit. Best wishes with your trees!

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