Sm flowering crab did not fully leaf out

Asked July 31, 2018, 9:53 PM EDT

This tree is 15yrs old, only flowers occasionally depending on our harsh winter. This year in the spring it did not fully leaf out. The top of the tree is still bear in mid summer. Love this tree, location is right near our patio. Can we do anything to encourage growth next year?

Oneida County New York

1 Response

The crabapple tree may not have gotten all the water it needed to leaf out, or damage may have occurred last year, and showing up now. Damaged, or dead branches can be pruned at the right time of year. An arborist can do the job easily if you are unable to reach the dead branches safely. If branches are pruned back severely, the tree will suffer, healing poorly. There is a technique to pruning limbs.

Major pruning of a crabapple tree is best done during the dormant season. The ideal time to prune a deciduous crabapple tree is late winter or early spring, before the new set of leaves begin to appear. Hope this is helpful.