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Old April 23rd, 2009, 02:05 PM
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Carpinus pruning?

We have a carpinus in our front yard that the city planted four or so years ago. I was wondering what kind of pruning (if any) these trees need.

I've included a photo from last year showing the shape of the tree. This year, I noticed several shoots coming up from around the lowest branches -- see second photo. Should I leave these shoots or remove them? Should the only pruning I do be to remove dead/damaged branches, and just leave the tree alone otherwise?

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Old April 23rd, 2009, 02:07 PM
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Re: Carpinus pruning?

If some lower branches are on their way out into the street or over a sidewalk those will have to be curbed.
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 02:13 PM
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Re: Carpinus pruning?

Hello,

Carpinus need only corrective pruning, ie: damage/repair or desease maintenance.

The young age of your tree, may be a corrective balance even though the shape is generally pyramidal if it is a C. betulas, or C. caroliniana more round headed.

How is the general health of the tree/bark/joints?
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 08:08 PM
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Re: Carpinus pruning?

Thanks for your replies. Bark and joints look good. The only thing I see "wrong" with the tree is the top ~1 foot of the main branch/trunk looks dead after this past winter. The rest of the tree is budding well. I can't tell if the branch is broken/cracked, but that is what I suspect (even though it is still standing straight up) -- there were a couple other branches that broke under the weight of the snow as well this winter.

I was planning on using long-handled pruners to take that dead branch off, hoping that it wouldn't affect the tree too much (I was a bit concerned because it is one of the main branches).
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