Pruning: Monkey Puzzle Tree

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  1. Glory

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    I would like to prune my monkey puzzle tree, the bottom branches make it difficult to mow the grass. Is there a good time of year to prune? Will pruning affect the shape and growth of the tree?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Now is as good a time as any. You'll get lots of resin bleeding from the cut branch bases, that's normal. Pruning will slightly reduce the growth rate, particularly the trunk's diameter growth - the longer you can wait before doing it, the better it'll be for the tree (in a few years, the lower branches will probably start dieing off naturally, if you can wait that long, then that's best of all for the tree's health).
     
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    Thank you for your helpful information. We will wait a couple of years to prune it.
     
  4. Tree Nut

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    I've pruned the lower branches off of my monkey puzzle trees and noticed no resin bleeding or reduced vigor. Sure makes it a lot less painful for mowing!
     
  5. Glory

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    what time of year did you prune the Monkey Puzzle tree and how old was the tree?
     
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    Ron B Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Like other conifers more impressive with low branching. In fact, with this species specifically loss of lower branches indicates tougher, less favorable situations. If you make a lawn-free, mulched area around it that will eliminate conflict with the sharp leaves without diminishing the tree.
     
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    can I cut part of the length of the branches or do I have to cut the whole branches off
     
  8. Michael F

    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Won't make a lot of difference if it is the lowest branches, but removing whole branches might look a bit better.
     

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