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Structural pruning northern red oak

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There are four or five main branches growing from a dominant trunk. Most are oriented upright and growing at a rate similar to the leader. This can lead to poor structure and a shortened life span. Main branches were shortened with reduction cuts, or branches were removed from the four or five main branches. This mimics branch suppression that occurs in nature in the forest and results in formation of strong architecture.

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