How Do You Prune A Kwanzan Cherry Tree?

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The Kwanzan cherry is a flowering cherry tree suitable for container gardening, bonsai and landscape uses. The tree is native to Asia and is one of the trees on display at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. Kwanzan cherry trees do not bear fruit, so their prime use is ornamental. These trees can reach a height of 30 to 40 feet and require full sun. Kwanzan cherry trees can be grown in hardiness zones 5 to 9. Look over the branches of your Kwanzan cherry tree and locate any that are dead, diseased or damaged. Damaged or diseased branches may have discoloration or fungus on the bark or an open wound. Cut off dead, diseased or damaged branches at their intersection with the main branch or trunk. Take care not to cut into the trunk when removing the dead or damaged wood. Disinfect your pruning tools afterward to avoid carrying bacteria to the healthy parts of the tree. Remove low growing branches that interfere with movement underneath the tree. Also prune away downward ... more
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