Pruning Russian Olive Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Wichita, Ks
Question by hogwrestle
April 17, 2006
How do I prune a Russian Olive Tree?


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Answer from NGA
April 17, 2006

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Olive trees should be trained when young to produce width along with height. If allowed to grow untrained they will become tall, with little branching pattern. To encourage an attractive canopy, prune back side branches to the point where you want multiple branches to begin. Once your tree has the desired shape, thin branches out to reveal the main branching structure and cut remaining branches back by about one-third.

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