Pruning a cherry tree

Hi all,

We have a mature sweet cherry tree which was in our garden when we moved in. It has four (thumb thick) branches, approx six feet long, roughly growing NESW, with a little growth at the end of each branch. It fruits, but only in small amounts. 

I would value your your advice on when and how I should prune it to reduce the length of the branches and improve the amount of fruit. 

Thanks

Alex


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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 17,132
    The RHS offers this advice on cherries.  Scroll down to pruning - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=318

    and this is a video (US so slow) of how to prune a mature cherry tree
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wQwZZbMaM0 

    We have inherited some mature cherry trees too but find the birds get to the fruit before it's ripe enough for us so good luck.

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  • Obelixx said:
    The RHS offers this advice on cherries.  Scroll down to pruning - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?pid=318

    and this is a video (US so slow) of how to prune a mature cherry tree
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wQwZZbMaM0 

    We have inherited some mature cherry trees too but find the birds get to the fruit before it's ripe enough for us so good luck.

    Thanks Obelixx. The video is interesting. I don’t have any side shoots apart from the ends, I’ll try and add a picture or two if I’m home from work in time tomorrow. 
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