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Pruning Young White Pine

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From: Karen
Akron, NY
what is the rule of thumb for pruning the branches of a white pine? How much should you take off? I have 2 and they're 5 yrs old, and never been pruned. They're in a garden where the branches are starting to block the walk-ways.

Thanks, Karen

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
General Rules of Thumb:

1) Do not remove more than 30% of the live crown during a single growing season.

2) Maintain 50-67% of the total tree height in live branches.


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