Avoid pruning side branches on young trees

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Should side branches be pruned on a young tree?

Avoid pruning side branches on young trees

When pruning young trees avoid removing the many small side branches that occur along the trunk. These lateral branches help the trunk increase in base diameter or caliper making for a sturdier tree. Laterals also shade the trunk, and reduce the chances of sunscald injury and act as guards warding off equipment operators, animals and vandals.

   

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