Spring pruning notes

When to prune:  A general rule is that the dormant season is the best time of year to prune. Growth is maximized and defects are easier to see on deciduous trees if live-branch pruning is done in the winter or before growth resumes in early spring. Dormant season pruning also minimizes risk of pest problems associated with wound entry.

Spring blooms: prune after bloom.

Summer bloom: prune before leaf emergence in spring or after bloom.

Pruning makes some trees susceptible to fireblight.

Last Year’s Growth Current Year’s Growth
Magnolia Crape myrtle
Redbud Franklin tree
Dogwood Bougainvillea flame tree
Azalea Golden rain tree
Fruit trees