Pruning contorted fig or hazelnut tree - Knowledgebase Question

Vancouver, wa
Question by jerryhofer
April 22, 2006
I am looking for information on pruning needs of a contorted fig and hazelnut tree. Tree is about 4' tall, healthy. Is there something I should do to enhance the overall look or health? Is it desirable to thin the crown at all or just let it get as dense as it can?


Answer from NGA
April 22, 2006


It's only necessary to prune if the tree gets too large. The contortions of the tree can be lost when the tree is over-pruned, but thinning is acceptable if things get out of hand. Be careful not to remove more than 25-30 percent of the tree at one time; this can over-stress the tree. The contorted part of your tree is grafted onto a rootstock. Removing anything that grows below the graft will keep the rootstock from overgrowing and crowding out the contortions at the top of the graft. Enjoy your tree!

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