how and when to prune plum and cherry trees

Asked June 30, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

I'd like photos or drawings of the proper way to prune plum trees and the proper time, ditto on cherry trees, the trees were planted las tyear and fruited a bit this summer, and are growing like crazy.

Conway County Arkansas pruning fruit trees plum cherry trees

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All fruit trees should be pruned in late February. We normally don't grow a lot of cherries in Arkansas, but I would treat them like the plum and prune them to a manageable picking height. Also thin out excessive growth, any overlapping branches and those that are competing with each other. For illustrations, or to download a copy of our fact sheet on pruning fruit trees go to: http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-6042.pdf