Cherry Tree

Asked October 5, 2019, 12:39 AM EDT

My Stella Cherry tree that I planted this spring, has been growing this tall, straight branch from the center with very large leaves. Should I leave it alone, or cut it? Can you tell me why it is doing this? Thank you!

Washington County Oregon fruits and vegetables pruning fruit trees

1 Response

Cherry trees grow almost straight up if left alone, and quickly the fruit is far too high to ever be picked. Establishing the scaffold branches early is critical to having a successful home fruit tree. Here’s a publication from OSU “Training and pruning your home orchard”, https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw400/html I will caution you that it is planted far too close to the fence to mature into a useful fruit tree. Light and air circulation is critical for disease-prone cherries in our area. Here are additional sources for research for OSU: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/berries-fruit/home-orchard-concepts-start-finish