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Structural pruning sweetgum (Liquidambar)

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Several stems in the top, right side of the crown are growing upright and are very long. This part of the tree is much denser compared to the left side which has shorter branches. A careful look at the right center crown shows a pruning cut made three years ago. Four reduction cuts shortened the long branches back to lateral branches in the top right of the crown. No other pruning was needed.
  Close-up of pruned part of crown
  Three reduction cuts are visible in this close-up of the top right portion of the crown

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