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Author Topic: Do you prune a baby oak?  (Read 2021 times)

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Do you prune a baby oak?
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:55:08 pm »
Hello:

I have this 8' baby red oak? in my yard.
I would like to stimulate proper growth of the tree. As you can see from the picture it has some lower branches.
Do you prune oak trees? I'm a newbie and I don't want to destroy it.
Just want to know everyone's thoughts.
Thank you,
David


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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2016, 04:11:20 pm »
Pruning done on young trees is done to promote proper structure. I can't tell from your pic so i cant make any suggestions based off it.

I can however to suggest removing one, of any two branches that originate from the same spot. Try to train a central leader.  Removing lowers is your call, im however a lover of low branches on mature Trees. 
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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2016, 05:34:32 pm »
Like Brendon says , it's your call. If you do nothing the tree will grow into it's "proper" form, for that sort of tree in that location.

So if you leave the lower branches the tree will tend to grow with an "open area" form. That is branches pretty much all the way to the ground as there looks to be nothing nearby to suppress those lower branches. If it's surrounded by other trees, those lower branches will be shaded, and eventually die and fall off naturally leaving a clear lower trunk.

If you intend to keep the lawn and be able to walk around under the tree, then you could lift prune it in stages. Take off a couple of the lowest branches now while the tree is dormant, and the branches are small. The small loss wont harm the tree, and because the wounds caused are small they scar over quickly. Best to prune those trees in the winter when pests and diseases aren't active. Then each year, loose a couple more branches until you have the clearance you want under the tree.

So pruning is usually done to suit the person, what their idea of the ideal tree is, and practicalities like being able to use the clear space under the tree in future years.
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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2016, 09:20:49 pm »
In young trees, like that oak, leave at least 50% live crown ratio.  That is the length of the live crown (branches with leafs) divided by the total height of the tree. 
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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2016, 05:12:13 pm »
I'd remove the lowest whorl of branches this year, then consider the next whorl next winter if the top has increased by a few feet. The other advice offered is good. ;D
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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2016, 05:22:15 pm »
Not sure what kind of oak it is, but at least the leaves are out. 

  

 

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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2016, 08:18:44 pm »
It is a post oak which is in the white oak family. Quercus stellata.
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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2016, 08:40:19 pm »
Ya beat me to the punch 8) 8) 8), twice
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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2016, 12:41:57 am »
Looks more like MO bur oaks. Do they get that far south? :P
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Re: Do you prune a baby oak?
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2016, 07:26:06 am »
Yes, it could be a burr oak, too.  One or the other for sure. 
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