Trimming for New Growth - Knowledgebase Question

Austin, Te
Question by smwhitfield
June 30, 2010
This March we planted two 6-ft tall Loquat trees in our Austin, TX, backyard. We were told they would do well on our incline backyard that gets a LOT of sun. By May, they were fried and brown. I kept watering, and now I have new green growth at the base of the tree and a few new branches. Should I cut the brown/dead trunk and branchs/leaves at the top? Should I wait unti Fall? Do they need shade?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Sounds like the tops died but the roots are still alive. I'd prune off everything that is obviously dead now and then reassess things this fall. If the majority of new growth is at the base, prune off the dead tops. Hope they make it!

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