<< 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!
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