Bradford Pear Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Princeton, NJ
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Question by jsalmon
May 31, 2006
When is the best time to prune back (thin out) a mature Bradford Pear tree?

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Answer from NGA
May 31, 2006
Generally speaking, pruning would be done in late winter while the tree is dormant but temperatures are above 40 degrees. However, it is very difficult to effectively thin a mature Bradford pear due to their naturally tight crotch angles. Also, pruning leaves the tree open to infection by pest or disease so you would not want to prune a mature tree extensively. This tree has a pleasant fairly symmetrical natural shape so it is typically not pruned with the exception of removing broken or damaged branches. Pruning a mature tree is best left to a professionally trained and certified arborist with experience working with ornamental trees. They will have the knowledge and equipment to work on a large tree such as this.

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