Pruning Fruit Trees

By Susan Sims, Sims Tree Health Specialists, Inc.

Thursday, September 29th ~ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Susan Sims, Sims Tree Health Specialists, Inc.

Course Description:

Learn there is a difference in training and pruning for fruit production rather than ornamental or shade uses. Different fruit trees require differing pruning techniques but all start with proper training. Sub-tropical fruit trees such as citrus are pruned different than deciduous fruit trees. Deciduous fruit trees differ in pruning needs from each other also.

1. Learn why we treat fruit trees differently from ornamental trees.
2. Learn how to prune for fruit production
a. Learn to recognize buds that produce leaves versus fruit
b. Learn to recognize spurs and why they are critical for fruit production.
3. Learn that different fruit bear on different age wood. Pruning incorrectly can mean no fruit.


Susan Sims is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, CA Urban Forester, and an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. Susan and her husband Gary have owned Sims Tree Health Specialists, Inc., since 1972. They also have Sims Tree Learning Center, a small Arboretum and educational center.

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