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lemonclemonc Posts: 12
I recently purchased a potted Prunus Royal Burgundy (1yr grafted 4-5ft).

I just planted it, it is basically like an unbranched, very tall and thin whip; it bends over without staking on both sides.

Am I supposed to prune it back after planting?

Thanks

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  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,130
    It is not usual to prune a young Prunus. You should stake it across the bottom, I believe, and allow some movement at the top to strengthen it. However, if the wind is so strong that it might snap it will need more support. I live in a windy area and find Prunus prefers a little shelter - are you sure it is in the right place?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,156
    It would certainly need correctly staked - both sides if it's very windy. Low down, at a 45 degree angle, to allow the top proper movement as @Posy says. 
    It shouldn't need pruning at all. It's a very young plant, just starting out on it's growth. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • lemonclemonc Posts: 12
    Yes, it's in a slightly windy place but the bending over is more due to the fact that it's like a very long whip at the moment. I have it staked and it's straight now but can move at the top and will see how it gets on. I was just wondering whether I needed to prune it to make it branch out or something, I don't entirely understand this whole area
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,156
    The top should be able to move. 
    You wouldn't prune it. If you did, that has the effect of pollarding, which is done on more mature trees, especially in areas where they're getting too big and hefty, as it makes a smaller canopy. The annual growth from the main trunk is removed each year. 
    A young tree wouldn't be pruned unless it was to remove the odd dead branch. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,130
    Don't worry   it will branch out when it's good and ready.
  • lemonclemonc Posts: 12
    Should I also just leave this new maple tree alone, or do I need to take out some of the crowded branches?



  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,130
    Better to leave it, I think. They resent cutting back.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,156
    A photo of the whole tree and what exactly it is, would help too.
    There are several types of 'maple', from very slow growing Acers, to large sycamores which reach a hundred feet.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • lemonclemonc Posts: 12
    It's an Acer rubrum planted a few months ago. Don't have a full photo at the moment. I think I might just leave it alone
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 2,573
    Best to leave young tree unpruned.
    Acer rubrum...fab tree.
    Not named cos of red leaves but red flowers.
    It does grow quite large.

    Pics below of one in ur old garden.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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