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Apple tree with branches curved downwards.

I have this well established  apple tree which fruits very well every alternate year. About 6 of the branches are curved downwards which seems a bit odd to me. What could be the cause of these curved down branches, and is it a problem?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,702
    That’s what it is. A bit like these.

    Some grow up, some grow down.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,300
    After pruning a fruit tree in winter, my father-in-law weights down the branches by tying either a rock or a plastic bottle half filled with water so that the branches bend downwards and it is easy to pick the fruit such as cherries or plums!
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • pansyface said:
    That’s what it is. A bit like these.

    Some grow up, some grow down.

     I should just carry on as normal. Probably an age thing- bent & twisted and losing aesthetic appeal but still able to produce. The Apple tree is no different either.  :D
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,933
    It's what mature qpple trees do ... it can be a tendency of some varieties more than others ... I think it's attractive and nothing to worry about. 

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

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