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Pruning Heritage River Birch

Pruning Heritage River Birch
Posted by: bbacher (IP Logged)
Date: July 28, 2019 13:01

I purchased a heritage river birch sapling online last year that was about 2 feet tall. It struggled at first but is now 6 feet tall and doing well. The deer are extra hungry this year so I had to fence it for now...but anyway...I have a pruning question: As you can see in the pictures, there is a lot of limb competition going on in there and I assume it will only get worse for the tree as it grows. Sometime in October/November I plan to prune it. Most mature river birches in my area have three trunks. I'm not sure how many trunks I should have, which ones I should keep since they are all so healthy, and pruning this many trunks back to three seems so excessive that I feel I might kill the tree. I know in general I should eliminate competition in most trees by pruning the smallest limbs, rubbing limbs, and create air flow in the center of the tree. However, this tree has me stumped (pun intended).

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