When To Prune Mexican Redbud Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Tucson, AZ
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Question by jerisold
April 26, 2001
My Mexican Redbud Trees are 5' tall, 2" trunk diameter.
They have a lot of branches. They look like really healthy, tall, slender bushes right now. They've been in the ground for 2 years. For pruning and shaping...do I do anything? or just let them do their thing?

Answer from NGA
April 26, 2001
Actually, it is best to leave trees alone for 2 years after planting. The lower branches are helping the trunk develop girth and stability. As a general guideline in the low desert, prune non-native deciduous trees during winter dormancy in January. Begin by pruning out any dead, dying, broken or crossing branches. Then carefully select what other branches you feel need to be removed to shape the plant. Note that most of us prune far more than we should. Trees will actually assume a fairly good shape on their own. (Nobody is pruning trees for Mother Nature!) Don't cut away more than 25 percent of the tree in any year or you will reduce its ability to photosynthesize and make food for itself.

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