Ornamental Crabapple Tree Pruning

I have a beautiful flowering crabapple tree that needs pruning. I've seen that its branching habit is one tree branch (or stem) always branches into two or three new branches.
Does anyone know the proper place to make the pruning cut; for example, just below the point where the branching occurs or somewhere else? Or should I just ignore pruning in a precise spot, but prune to give the tree the best all around shape (you know: a little cut here, a big cut there, and not be concerned about where the branching occured?). Thanks!
Jim
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<< I have a beautiful flowering crabapple tree that needs pruning. I've seen that its branching habit is one tree branch (or stem) always branches into two or three new branches.
Does anyone know the proper place to make the pruning cut; for example, just below the point where the branching occurs or somewhere else? Or should I just ignore pruning in a precise spot, but prune to give the tree the best all around shape (you know: a little cut here, a big cut there, and not be concerned about where the branching occured?). Thanks!
Jim
It's best to prune to a branch point wherever possible, leaving a growing point at the end of every branch. You should avoid stubs at all costs.
Wait to prune until after the tree blooms.
John C. Schmid snipped-for-privacy@aol.com snipped-for-privacy@osu.edu
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Most importantly - be sure to learn where to make the actual cut when trimming a branch off completely. The 'branch-bark ridge' is where the bark tissues of the trunk and branch meet and swell as they accommodate each other. NEVER cut into (or behind) this structure - always leave it intact.
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Mike LaMana, MS
Heartwood Consulting Services, LLC
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