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Example 6

Before pruning

oak before pruning

Branches in the bottom 2 or 3 feet of the trunk are not long enough to pruned. Leave them on to allow the trunk and roots to grow faster. Branches 4 to 5 feet off the ground are long enough to shorten them slightly. You might consider removing the largest diameter temporary low branch. Branches are a bit crowded in the permanent nursery canopy.

After pruning

oak after pruning

There is one trunk to the top of the tree. The first major branch is in the lower left portion of the canopy and is the largest diameter branch on the tree.