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I have a 3 years old Rowan Tree. It has grown to about 8ft. But there are quite a few thin branches crossing over each other it all looks a bit all over the place. Should I cut the thin branches off also would it be ok to cut a foot or two off the top of the tree.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,282
    Cutting the top off will make it branch more.  You have the wrong tree if you want it to stay at 8ft. It is always good practice to cut off spindly branches that rub across another branch. The rubbing provides an entry point for infections.
  • claudeineclaudeine Posts: 28
    Many thanks for your reply.  I thought if I cut some off the top it would make the branches stronger maybe.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312
    cutting the top off would make for an ugly shaped tree which is what often happens in gardens. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,168
    edited May 2019
    You beat me to it ... I was just going to say that @nutcutlet

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,482
    From my experience, rowan are fairly slow growing so it would take a long time to regain decent shape if you chopped the top out.
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
    I would advise not to cut any part of the tree now, but to wait until the winter, say December to February providing the weather isn't actually freezing.  No trees should ideally be pruned in the growing season.  At least wait until the leaves have dropped off, then it will be easier to see which branches need to be removed and I agree that the top of a tree should not be removed, a tree is not like some shrubs that can be pruned to shape them.
  • claudeineclaudeine Posts: 28
    Thankyou for all your replies much appreciated. My tree is covered in blossom at the moment. So I will leave doing anything until winter now.
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    No trees should ideally be pruned in the growing season.
    Except cherries I think? "Prune in June" was what a tree surgeon told me ...
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