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Structural pruning sweetgum (Liquidambar)

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Before pruning After pruning
There are several, long, upright stems growing into the top of this 80 feet tall tree. Several stems 2 to 4 inches in diameter were shortened with reduction cuts in the upper right portion of the crown. The tree is thinner in that part of the crown after pruning. No branches were removed from the lower two-thirds of the crown because there were no defects there. In addition, removing branches in the lower part of the tree does very little to reduce failure potential.
Close-up of removed branch
  A close-up of one of several branches reduced in length with reduction cuts in the upper right crown.

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