Pruning a Flowering Plum Tree?


Old 10-31-08, 11:51 AM
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Question Pruning a Flowering Plum Tree?

I have a flowering plum tree growing in my backyard. It's really just in the wrong place (too large), but instead of cutting it down, I was curious if it can be saved by pruning. It has multiple trunks coming out, and is leaning over our back sidewalk, probably due to it not having a main, strong trunk. I have no idea of the age, etc. since it was put in by the previous owner.

Any ideas on how to tackle this? Can it with stand a fairly significant pruning? How can I get it to stand upright? I'm not sure if I can get it down to one trunk or not.
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Old 10-31-08, 03:04 PM
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Maryland zone 7
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Hi Adam,

Sometimes corrective pruning can be done in stages over time. Let's see some pics so we can better help you.


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