cherry tree pruning

Asked March 3, 2016, 12:17 AM EST

Hello, 2 years ago (Spring, 2014) I planted a Mesabi cherry tree I have 3 questions. 1) Is the tree old enough to prune? It is about 7' tall and 4-5' wide. 2) I have read 2 options on when to prune - late winter/early spring - right after the fruit has been harvested 3) I would like to prune the tree to shape it to make it easier to harvest. How much is it appropriate to prune the top branches to limit the height of the tree? thank you, Paul Nedrud St. Louis Park

Hennepin County Minnesota

4 Responses

1) Yes, and it is better to prune smaller branches so the tree can grow over it's wounds more quickly.

2) Prune late winter/early spring.

3) You should not take out more than 1/3 otherwise the tree will develop more water-sprouts.

Thank you for your response.

One follow-up, Is it OK to prune the main trunk to limit the trees height?

thanks again,


It's Ok to prune the leader but other branches must be headed back accordingly so the leader remains dominant (tallest).

Thank you Bob.

Have a great day!