University of Florida

Home > Pruning shade trees > Thinning the canopy > Photo examples of thinning > Inappropriate thinning > Thinning introduction

Thinning introduction

next button

thinning the canopy illustration

Thinned trees should not be overlifted by removing only lower and interior branches (left). Unfortunately, this is common in many regions of the US probably because it is easy to do and therefore very profitable. Small diameter branches are removed from the outer edge of the canopy on appropriately thinned trees (right).