Crab Apple Trees
Q.

What Should I Do About a Mature Crab Apple Tree Bent by Another Larger Tree?

wendyann1954 added on January 29, 2011 | Answered

I have a mature ornamental crab apple tree that became bent at the top and an area that stopped putting out leaves when a neighbor's huge Bradford pear grew into it. After the Bradford pear was removed last summer due to it splitting, my crab apple is now misshapen. What can I do to help restore what used to be a beautifully balanced tree? Should I stake it and trim off the dead areas, or leave it alone and it would take care of itself as was suggested to me by a couple of friends? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on January 30, 2011

You can do some aesthetic pruning to help it reshape itself, but this will mostly consist of pruning off anything that grows outside the shape you envision for it. But do trim off anything that is dead as these dead parts will not help the tree and may attract pests and disease.

You will need to give it some time to regrow into the area that was damaged though.

Most mature trees do not respond well to staking. If it is severely bent, you may want to either change your perspective or replant the tree. Twisted and bent trees can be quite beautiful structurally (in fact some plants, especially for Japanese gardening, are bred to twist and bend). But, if you are looking for a straight tree, you may want to start over.

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Crab Apple Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More