Catalpa Trees
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Trimming Catalpa Tree

Zone Buffalo NY | gofer1 added on December 18, 2019 | Answered

I trimmed all the branches of my catalpa tree all the way down to the trunk. Will it come back in the spring? I live in Buffalo NY.

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on December 19, 2019

That is called tree topping and is never a good idea. It opens the tree to insect invasion, decay and even death. The new growth you get in spring will be water sprouts, which are weak, spindly and unattractive.

Here is more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-topping-information.htm

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