Heavy Prunning Cherry Tree
Ankit Patel Posts: 14
I have attached photo of the cherry tree which i want bring it back to 7-8feet size. Right now its at 18-20 foot. Also, I want to grow climbing rose on that tree if possible.
I have done prunning on small tree but this one can be bit difficult as i am not aware of growth habbit of cherry trees. I want to do top heavy prunning to reduce the size of it.
Also, i have marked the photo with red line where ideally i want to make cuts. Only thing i am thinking about is water shoots. In any case, I want to sort the whole tree out at once.
I'm not an expert on cherry pruning, Ankit (although I bet someone who is will be along shortly) but I know two things:
1. Cherries, plums and their relatives (unlike apples etc.) should only be pruned in summer, ideally May/June, when they're growing vigorously. This helps them to resist the disfiguring and fatal fungal disease 'silver leaf' to which they're susceptible.
2. If more than about 1/4 of the tree is removed at once, the shock might kill it.
So you might have to spread the pruning over two summers. And yes you will get water shoots - rub them out as soon as they appear. And make each cut just above a joint, otherwise the intervening wood will die back and could cause disease.
Personally I wouldn't want a rose climbing on a cherry tree, but as you will, I suppose.
Hope this helps