Trees and Shrubs forum: How to prune this please

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Mar 2, 2018 2:51 PM CST
This is a pear, don't remember the variety, but it is supposed to have fruit, Moonglow or something like that?
As you can see in the photo there seems to be two main branches running straight up next/into eachother. Should I remove one or let it be? The tree is probably 15 ft tall.


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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 2, 2018 5:46 PM CST
I don't know about those two "trunks" , do they both come up from the ground, do the leaves appear identical? One of them may be rootstock and not the desirable pear. The smaller vertical sprout coming from the ground almost certainly is rootstock and should be removed.
Porkpal
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Mar 2, 2018 5:50 PM CST
well I guess I shouldn't say trunk, branches is more like it. No it is not from the ground, only has a single trunk but then it forks like this.
sorry for the confusion! *Blush*
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Mar 5, 2018 3:26 PM CST
What do you want it to look like?
Is it for fruit or decoration?

I would cut off the small branch from the base and the larger one shooting off to the left may cause problems eventually and will be the first one to break off in a wind storm.
I would cut it off.
If you cut off one of the main trunks, the cut may invite rot that will cause problems down the road.
I would leave the double leaders.

What you do all depends on what you want it to be. I never trim my fruit trees the way orchards do as for a yard tree that is ugly. They trim them that way for easy picking.
I found with one apple tree , the more you trim, the greater amount of fruit new branches will bear and if you do not remove a large amount of green fruit the weight of the fruit will break the branches off, even ones that are three inches in diameter.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Mar 6, 2018 11:41 AM CST
Thank you! Yes, I was worried about the double thing, so I will just leave it! I hope it to actually get fruit, but now I am pretty discouraged w all my fruit trees, because the japanese beetles are so bad here.
Name: Frank Mosher
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fwmosher
Mar 6, 2018 12:04 PM CST
Frillylily: I have five pear trees, and looking hard at your tree, the only thing I see of possible concern, is the touching of the main trunk, with the limb off same, immediately on the right of the main, in the middle of the picture. They look as tho they may chaff, and eventually remove all the bark off one or both in that spot. You can easily put a wrap of something in between them if they are indeed touching. More importantly is the fact which you are probably aware of, that your pear tree will never fruit, unless it has a separate "pollinator" pear, such as "Bartlett" or your neighbours do.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Mar 6, 2018 1:01 PM CST
Yes, I do have pollinators. I also have apples, cherries and apricots. And beetles Grumbling

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