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Make a cut an inch below the split, removing all three. This may seem severe but you don’t have much room for the tree in your landscape. In years to come you’ll need to shorten most limbs by 6″ and remove any sprouts at the top of the trunk sometime in January or February.
In this way the tree will be kept small and won’t spread all. It is wise to spread major pruning over several seasons. Never cut more than 20 percent of a crabapple’s canopy pruning a crabapple bush one season: the tree will depend on nourishment from leaves growing on the remaining branches.
Think carefully about what you might have to deal with in the future.
And try to remove roughly equal amounts of branch wood from every side of the trunk to maintain aesthetic as well as physical balance. The best time to prune a crabapple tree is in late winter or early spring. Crabapple trees usually don’t require heavy pruning.
But if you do need to prune them, here’s how to do it: Remove smaller shoots. Cut off any diseased branches. Cut out any dead branches. Thin out crowded branches. The best season to prune crabapple is late winter or early spring. Pruning at this time ensures that the tree has spring and summer to develop new growth. However, if you are looking forward to having a flower show for the coming spring, prune the tree immediately after the flowering in the current spring.
Crab apples are hardy trees and tolerant of a range of soils, but will grow best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Pruning at the wrong time can result in no blooms the following year due to bud removal. 1 View your crabapple from a distance and visually mark any branches you don't want based on shape, size or.