pruning a branch thicker and taller than the leader

Asked February 17, 2019, 5:35 PM EST

My prairie fire crab apple has a branch thicker and as tall as the leader. Should I prune it off? It would leave that side of the tree bare.

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Usually the side branch would be pruned back to keep the branch less vigorous than the main leader.

I would prune the side branch back to a side bud to shorten the branch. Prune to a leaf bud which will grow into a side branch.

Prune each year to keep the tree in balance.