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Question by kaygfox
October 13, 2010
Can you tell me how I know what a

Answer from NGA
October 13, 2010
This is a case where a picture is worth a thousand words! In general, tree spurs are stubby side branches that grow off the main branches of fruit trees. The spurs are short and fat and usually have several buds on them. If you're pruning to keep your tree small, you can prune back the longer branches to force new spurs to grow between the pruning cuts and the trunk of the tree. Fruiting spurs develop on the older branches of a tree so annual pruning will shorten the new growth and with any luck you won't be sacrificing any fruiting spurs when you prune. Hope this paints a decent picture for you!

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