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Formative Pruning

The aim of formative pruning is to prune a young tree, to produce a tree which reaches maturity free of any major physical weakness or defects. The process influences the shape, size, balance and structure of the tree by removing or reducing any competing leading shoots to create one dominant leader. This process is usually started in the nursery, and should be carried out 3-5 years after its been planted and has established itself in its new environment. Its is good to carry thus process out in phases, to avoid a high percentage of loss to foliage.