Japanese Plum Trees

When and How to Prune Plum Tree

Anonymous added on January 10, 2013 | Answered

I live in Sacramento, CA and have a wonderful old Santa Rosa (I think) plum tree. Can you please give me advice about when and how to prune?

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Answered on January 15, 2013

You should prune a plum tree when the buds are breaking. If you prune the tree prior to bud break you will cause the tree to come out of dormancy to soon. A Japanese plum should be pruned in an upside down umbrella shape with three to four main limbs. A prune plum can be pruned leaving several scaffold limbs in a Christmas tree shape. Longer limbs at the bottom opposite of each other at different heights.

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