Pruning Japanese Cherry Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Mississauga, ON
Question by frorida
September 17, 2000
Is it harmful to prune Japanese flowering cherry trees?


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Answer from NGA
September 17, 2000

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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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