Pruning Flowering Crabapple Tree

clagaAugust 20, 2006


Is it too late in the season to do a heavy pruning of a 5 year old Flowering Crabapple Tree which is approximately 15' tall.

I am not concerned with losing the flowers for next spring. But concerned with the tree having enough time too harden off before winter.


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What do you mean by heavy pruning?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 6:21PM
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I will be removing the top 1'-2' of very thin shots which have grown straight up off of the main frame of the tree. A local nusery person suggested I remove all of the growth which has grown straight up off the horizontial branches. Some of these verticial shots are 1"-2" in diameter.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2006 at 7:54PM
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We have one to in our yard. The wife hates is so we're doing some "REAL" hard pruning this fall. All the way to the stump!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 12:27PM
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You should have no problem with the timing. Epicormic growth (water shoots) should be removed completely, in my opinion, but I realise there are other opinions. There are causes to consider as well so you need to inspect the tree for disease but it may only be that the tree is open in the middle.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 8:02AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The common scenario is [crab]apple mowing, wherein the tree is overpruned and responds by throwing up a forest of verticals, which are then cut out year after year in an attempt to force the tree into a stereotypic caricature instead of a naturalistic, attractive specimen. However, crabapples may also throw up vertical shoots as a natural part of their development. Those in suitable positions can be left in place to gradually bend over and become twiggy and floriferous, others can be pruned out--although expect many of these to put up a fight (re-sprout).

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 8:22PM
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We have a 14 tear old "flowering" crabapple tree that has a ton of fruit on it every year. The fruit is not edible.

Is there any way I can stop the tree from setting fruit in the future?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2006 at 1:42PM
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I have a three-year-old crabapple. Branches begin about 30" from the ground. Should the tree be pruned? To what shape and how? Where can I find a link with specific instructions about pruning?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2007 at 2:02PM
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