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when do you prune a crab apple tree?

northumberland, United Kingdom Gb

it is a muture tree, near a hedge



Only pruning instructions I've got say simply "remove any dead wood in winter, when the tree is dormant", so I'd guess pruning, as such, is limited to that.

15 Sep, 2009


This is the info from 'Landscaping America' site - seems you prune in late May:

Pruning Crabapple Trees
Crabapples require little pruning other than to keep it in shape or from interfering with other landscape specimens. Rapidly growing shoots from branches, called water sprouts, rapidly growing shoots from roots or the base of the tree, called suckers, dead, diseased, damaged, and crossing branches should all be removed. Sometimes on dense growing crabapples, it's necessary to prune the center of the plant to allow additional sunlight and air movement.

Pruning should be completed before early June. By mid-June to early July, flower buds for the next season are beginning to form in most crabapples. Pruning after July will reduce floral display and fruiting for the following year.

16 Sep, 2009


We prune in the winter, cutting back this years growth to 2 to 4 buds, always have an abundance of fruit surplus to requirements.

16 Sep, 2009

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