Can I prune my persimmons?
Due to our location, we've been letting the persimmon trees grow wild in our yard. I'm pretty sure they are D. virginiana. This winter, the local power company came through and whacked off a few large limbs off of our oldest tree. I was a little sad, but I knew it was coming. There are a few more that are growing near enough to the lines that eventually they will get hacked off too. I was curious as to whether I could prune these trees to keep them shorter or will that cause a short tree that will never produce? Or would I be better off digging them up and attempting to transplant them elsewhere or just cut them down? They are still a few years away from producing, so I figured this year is the time to do something. I'm not attached to them, so I certainly don't care either way. I'd just rather prevent ugly half trees in the future.