Bald Cypress Pruning

rich12572(Z5b New York)March 11, 2012

What is the best method to establish new leaders when trees have multiple branches at 45 degrees at top, but no main leader. Should the top branches be removed, pruned back or an attempt to train up? Trees are about 10-12 feet.

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From what you describe, I would most likely study the top branching, pick out the one that looks the most vigorous (even if it is a little lower than the others) and help it become the eventual leader by pruning back the competitors.

Your new leader will straighten out and go vertical and in just a year or two it will look like the very natural leader.

Bald cypress is a superb tree.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 1:41PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

to insure i dont cut off all the live ones .. in favor of the single dead one..

i wait until they bud out.. and then simply remove all duplicates ....

unless you can post a picture.. i dont know what more to tell you .. other than.. just do it ...


Here is a link that might be useful: how to post pix

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 2:24PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

This should not be too difficult with Bald Cypress. It seems most of the trees I see are single leader.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 5:48PM
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Usually when I have notice this the tree seems to select the dominant leader itself. I'd recommend doing nothing and see what happens. You can always prune late in the fall if a dominant leader has not emerged by then. Of the thousands of these trees I've seen, I cannot recall seeing any large specimens that had multiple leaders.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 11:14AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i think your post..

inspired dax to take a close look at his.. and butcher them.. lol

check out the link ..

and have no fear like dax ...


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    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 8:41AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

I had the word butcher in my mind on my other post but somehow I managed to find another such as: prune!

Was thinking about this post when it came up cause I'd already done the work here. You beat me to the gun, Ken.


    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 9:14AM
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