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Q.Can you kill a Chinese Pistachio tree by overpruning?

Zone Atwater, California | Anonymous added on April 8, 2020 | Answered

My gardener pruned my Pistachio tree in December/January and it continues to look bare. Can it be that the tree was overpruned?

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Answered on April 9, 2020

Overpruning may not kill a tree directly, but over time, the tree usually suffers from disease, weak structure, etc., and succombs. Never prune more than one-third of the canopy at one time.

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