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Can I keep the tibetan cherry tree at a manageable height by pruning?

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As a rule cherries and plums don't like being pruned. They leek sap, can be prone to infection via the wounds, and often grow back awkwardly. However, a careful trim of leggy stems back to a smaller side branch/twig in spring will keep a smallish tree in check. Tibetan Cherry is a small tree anyway, so you may find any pruning unnecessary. I have taken quite sizeable pieces out of mine (12ft tall), throughout the year, without any ill effect on the tree.

26 Aug, 2010

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