Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Temecula, Ca
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Question by jml319
October 7, 2009
I have a Brizilian Pepper tree. A lot of the branches droop almost to the ground. I want to prune these branches but all of the new growth seems to be at the end of the branches. The rest of the branch is barren. Any advice on pruning this type of tree.

Answer from NGA
October 7, 2009
You can safely prune your Brazilian Pepper tree this winter: shorten the long lanky limbs and thin the canopy to let winds pass through. Your tree will respond by developing new growth behind each pruning cut which will make the canopy thicker and fuller.

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