Brazil Pepper Tree Pruning?

CwgrljwJanuary 7, 2012

I live in California, I have a Brazil pepper tree in the backyard. We have avoided trimming this tree several time due to the Sap.

When is the best time and way to trim this tree to avoid the sap explosion?

Thanks!

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Well, since it's an invasive species, you could prune it at ground level and plant something better for the environment, but if you are definitely going to keep it...

Now is a great time to prune your tree. If you are not sure about proper pruning techniques (prune just outside the branch bark ridge / branch collar, don't make heading cuts, etc), there are a number of guides online. Here are some examples:

US Forest Service on How to Prune Trees

ISA on Pruning Young Trees

ISA on Pruning Mature Trees

ISA on Why NOT to Top a Tree

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 3:16PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

why is sap an issue..

some trees bleed when you cut them.. so what ...

or does the sap have capsacen??? the stuff in pepper that will burn you.. however you spell it ...

no picture.. no further suggestions ...

ken

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 4:50PM
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pineresin

"why is sap an issue..

...

or does the sap have capsacen??? the stuff in pepper that will burn you.. however you spell it ... "

No capsaicin, but being in the family Anacardiaceae, it may contain urushiol and similar toxins (like poison-ivy). So caution is advisable.

Resin

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 7:57PM
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