Trees and Shrubs forum: Ornamental plum: how to prune?

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
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tomatofreak
May 2, 2013 11:21 AM CST
I have an ornamental (purple) plum that appears to have been wrapped prior to getting to the nursery. All the branches are nearly vertical to the main trunk and sometimes crossed and intertwined. I've thought about wedging spacers between the trunk and larger branches, hoping it will help the tree form a new habit. But what about pruning? Any ideas how to choose which branches to cut? There seem to be too many. All advice welcome. Thumb of 2013-05-02/tomatofreak/c6b268
Alma
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 7, 2013 2:23 PM CST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhJcjjWRBvE Hope this helps. Green Grin!
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eclayne
May 8, 2013 2:21 PM CST

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Nice video Susan. I went to his website and he offers great advice.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
May 8, 2013 4:10 PM CST
Thanks! Green Grin!
Susan

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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
May 10, 2013 9:27 PM CST
That was a nice video, very helpful. Thanks for posting. I still think the tree needs spacers to round it out some. It's too vertical and congested around the main trunk. Gonna give it a try.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
May 11, 2013 9:07 AM CST
Thumbs up
Susan

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