pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Saint Clair Shores, Mi
Question by marthamm
September 26, 2010
We have a pink flowered spring blooming tree-not sure what kind - it may be a non fruit bearing type of cherry tree. Anyways n-it is in dire need of ptuning. When is the best time??


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Answer from NGA
September 26, 2010

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Pruning encourages new growth and this late in the season any new growth a newly pruned tree develops won't have time to harden off before winter weather arrives. As a result it will die over the winter months and you'll need to prune it off in the spring. So, I'd wait until after the tree has finished flowering and then prune it back. This will give it all summer to develop new growth which will have plenty of time to harden off before the weather turns cold. Best wishes with your tree!

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