Prunning Kanzan Flowering Cherry

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  1. Dubois

    Dubois Member

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    How do you prune this tree to give it nice shape. Currently at 20 foot height with 6in diameter truck. I have pruned a few weak branches, but nothing else. I was thinking of waiting until fall then prunning back the branches to give it shape. Am I on the right path?
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Re: Prunning Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

    What I've heard said is that you should not prune ornamental cherries. Plant them where there's room for them to grow into their shape. Pruning just invites disease.

    I don't know if it's that simple, or it's time for me to be learning some complexity here.
     
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    Re: Prunning Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

    Thanks for the info
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Re: Prunning Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

    Pruning out a few small weak branches won't hurt, but best not to do any major pruning, as cherries don't take well to it.

    A photo of the tree would help with suggestions.

    PS spellcheck: 'Kanzan' (the 'w' is a common nurserymans' error)
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Re: Prunning Kwanzan Flowering Cherry

    Don't shorten main branches, this will spoil it.
     

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