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Q.Large Tall Cherry Tree – Pruning Advice & Open Trunk Advice Please!

Zone Merton, Greater London, UK | Anonymous added on August 25, 2021 | Answered

My cherry tree is now around 3 stories high! I want to cut it in half in essence just above the location where it branches out! But will that kill it ? Also it has a large opening in it’s main trunk and a tree chap said dont’ worry a few yrs back, but it’s got bigger and more open – so I’m worried. If I cut it right back when it is the best time please ? It produces lovely cherries but all the wildlife gets most of them as they are so high up and totally inaccessible unless I go climbing. The tree also has sap ‘leaking here and there’ … Any and all help would be most appreciated. I have a tree saw and have cut the odd small limb off to keep it trimmed to stop hitting windows or other!

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Answered on September 9, 2021

This tree is old- Very old. Likely, at the end of its life cycle, old.

Cutting the tree in half may or may not kill it. Either way, I would have a professional arborist to help with this. It could be a very dangerous task to take on without proper equipment and knowledge.


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