Can I remove limbs from mature Flwg. Cherry now?

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  1. Peter Holmes

    Peter Holmes New Member

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    I have a 20 yrs old Shirofugen cherry that is growing too close to the roof and I need to remove a couple of large limbs so can I do this now safely or wait until the winter? I have cut it back before in the same place and new growth is looking weak.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good evening and welcome to the forum, yes you can prune it now.
     
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    Do these trees bloom NEXT yr (2022) on this yr (2021) growth?

    I know about pruning Okanagan orchard farm trees

    But not about ornamental blossom trees
    This article contains an interesting quote - to the effect ...

    Prune to reveal beauty - not trying to make it beautiful

    Then again @Willard found the curious flagpole cherry (turned in to a candelabra / chandelier)

    Sometimes I think one has to say good bye to a misplaced plant

    And offer the wood to a lathe artist -

    Maybe a woodworker can make something practical out if it to honor any sentimental attachments

    Pruning Ornamental Trees — Seattle's Favorite Garden Store Since 1924 - Swansons Nursery
     
  4. Peter Holmes

    Peter Holmes New Member

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    Thank you! So it would not be more vulnerable to disease and bleeding now?
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Hi Peter, no it will be fine now, I always prune mine ( if needed ) between now and August, otherwise they are prone to silver leaf disease. June/July is the perfect time.

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    Peter Holmes New Member

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    Great! Thank you!
     
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