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Pruning a Trachycapus Fortunei (Chusan palm)

My palm is some 4/5mts tall and getting taller by the year.
Uptill now I have used 1mt branch loppers and short ladders etc. Its job done every year removing the burnt leaves and previous seed/flower growth.
Now looking to get a long reach telescopic pruner/saw with a pull cord reaching beyond 5mts for future.
Any suggestions of a pruner to cut the leaf branches from the trunk as I’ve done with the lopper since planting it some 30yrs ago.
Also will be hoping to prune some 30/40mm branches in other tree’s elsewhere.


  • TerrysWorldTerrysWorld Posts: 140
    Have looked at a Vevor pruner/saw ??
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,283
    I use the Wolf Garten multi-change tool system with a choice of handles of various lengths and a compatible pruning saw plus secateurs: Wolf Garten Multi-Change Tools | Over 60 Heads To Choose From (  Worth a look!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • TerrysWorldTerrysWorld Posts: 140
    I purchased a Wolf multi tool system with the long pole and pruner.
    But what is the Red bit with a coil for and where should it be fitted.
    No instructions on the packaging

  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 2,283
    Slide it on to the top of the pole before you insert the pruner, then slide it upwards once the pruner is inserted.  It's just a protective sleeve to keep both parts neat and prevent sap from entering the joint.  That's what I figured anyway!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,196
    edited March 2022
    Our palm is over 20feet and brilliant.
    Why do you want to prune it back?
    Can you let it grow?
    If you think the dead fronds look untidy then these can be cut off.
    But the growing point of the tree is at the top and if you cut this off your palm will die.
  • TerrysWorldTerrysWorld Posts: 140
    It is the burnt fonds/leaves and last years seed pods and growth I'm cutting back as I've done for last 20+ yrs. It just the tree top is too high to reach with steps or short ladders and not allowed up full ladders  :D
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