Q.Lousia Crabapple Out Of Control
Hello, we have 4 beautiful weeping crabapple trees, that are sending out about as many upright branches as weeping ones. What should we do? I have been cutting off all of the upright ones each year, but the trees are getting taller and that is becoming harder to do. Any suggestions?
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
You do need to continue to remove any upright branches. Check to make sure nothing is sprouting below the graft union. Those need to come out, too. Sometimes a branch below the graft will go unnoticed and soon it is overtaking the tree, likely with a different specimen.
If you can't reach with a pruning pole, the next option is to hire a professional. Here are pruning tips: