Kwanzan Flowering Cherry Tree: when to prune?

wynswrld98(z7 WA)May 3, 2009

I have a Kwanzan Cherry Tree that is growing with a central leader straight up, very few short side branches, it's about 15' tall. I'd like to cut the central leader to encourage side branching and getting it more full. When is the correct time of year to prune a Kwanzan Flowering Cherry. The diameter of the trunk is only about 4" so it's a skinny tree.

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Right after bloom.

Dan

    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 12:12AM
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pineresin

Yep, just after flowering. Best not to prune at all though.

Resin

PS spellcheck: 'Kanzan'. The 'w' is an all-too-common nurserymans' error.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 5:01AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if a recent transplant.. within the last two years.... every leaf is a feeding machine to the young tree ... cut some off .... and you reduce its ability to grow roots to get more fully established ...

personally .. i would not prune for the first 2 or 3 years ... except for broken or crossing limbs..

patience is ALWAYS rewarded when it come to trees ...

and no.. fertilizer wont help ...

time, proper water and proper mulch is all it needs..

a picture and some additional facts would be worth another thousand words of speculation ..

ken

    Bookmark   May 3, 2009 at 8:30AM
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