Should I remove this crossing branch?

Asked May 25, 2019, 10:19 PM EDT

Today we planted a Kosu Dogwood. It is about 6' tall and 1" caliper. I noticed the pictured crossing branch. It will leave a bit of a gap in the canopy if I cut it out, but even at this young age it is already rubbing. It is probably best to cut this out now rather than leave it and hope it doesn't cause a problem?

Oakland County Michigan trees and shrubs pruning

1 Response

Yes, it would be best to remove this branch. While it may not look good when removed right now, the plant should fill in the gap in a season or two. And, in the long run, the tree will be healthier by removing the rubbing branch.

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