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Structural pruning southern live oak

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There are six or seven main branches spaced out along a dominant trunk because this 20-inch diameter tree was structurally pruned three times in the last 15 years. In the five years since the last pruning, branches on the upper right side of the crown have grown long and are competing with the leader. In addition, low branches are creating too much shade for the flower garden under the tree. Branches in the upper right portion of the crown were shortened with reduction cuts. Other branches were removed at the trunk and shortened to maintain the dominant leader. With one or two prunings five and ten years from now, this tree will have a strong core structure from which to grow a full and spreading crown.

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