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chrislboggs
Mar 14, 2018 12:26 PM CST
I have 2 young trees and want to know how to prune them.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 14, 2018 1:29 PM CST
Welcome!

Pepper Trees get huge - if you are pruning to maintain size, its hopeless. Otherwise, the only pruning that needs to be done is rubbing (or cutting if they are larger) off any branches that are too low. Cut out any branches that cross through the center of the tree. When the tree is larger and the branchletes start hanging too low, you can cut them up but its a constant battle as Pepper Trees really want to sweep the ground with their long graceful branches. I love them! Lovey dubby

BTW: They are very brittle and large branches periodically break in the wind. Don't plant to close to your house or over your car port. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 14, 2018 2:13 PM CST
First off, allways deep water them. You want to allways have deep rooted trees.
Since there susceptible to being blown over in winter, when high winds occur, and ground is saturated with rain water.

Keep a good manifold structure, and prune off, what you don't want.
They grow very fast.

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