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PRUNING METHODS
SPECIALTY, NOVELTY OR ORNAMENTAL PRUNING

topiary - pruning to produce a 3-dimensional design or form.

espalier - pruning to produce a 2-dimensional design or form.
 

 

WIDE (Y) VERSUS NARROW (V) CROTCH ANGLES

Wide (Y) Crotch Angle
very strong, select for when pruning

Narrow (V) Crotch Angle
very weak, selectively prune-out
 

 CORRECT METHOD TO PRUNE A BRANCH
Called Target Pruning

incorrect method

correct method for
wide crotch angle

correct method for
narrow crotch angle