How to Prune a Cherry Tree

by Alex Kountry
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A guide on how to prune a cherry tree.

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Pruning is a vital horticultural practice for all fruit trees. In order for a cherry tree to produce high-quality fruit, it must be pruned every year. There are two main types of pruning: summer pruning and winter pruning. Summer pruning is done to remove suckers, water sprouts, and excess growth. Winter pruning is done to shape the tree and promote fruiting wood.

What You’ll Need

To prune your cherry tree, you will need the following:

-Rope or twine
-Pruning shears
-Loppers (optional)
-A ladder (optional)

Cherry trees can be pruned either in the summer or in the winter. Summer pruning is often done to thin out the tree and improve air circulation, while winter pruning is done to shape the tree.


Pruning a cherry tree is an important part of maintaining a healthy tree and ensuring a bountiful harvest. While cherries do not require yearly pruning, they benefit from it, especially if they are producing too much fruit or if the branches are growing too close together. Here are the simple steps for how to prune a cherry tree.

1.Start by removing any dead or diseased branches with sharp loppers or pruning shears. Also cut back any crossing or rubbing branches to prevent damage.

2.Next, thin out the remaining branches to allow more light and air circulation throughout the tree. Cut back any crowded or long branches by about one-third to one-half their length.

3.Finally, cut back the tips of any remaining branches to encourage more lateral growth. This will help create a balance between top growth and fruit production.


In conclusion, pruning a cherry tree is an easy process that can be done by any gardener. With the proper tools and technique, you can keep your cherry tree healthy and looking great.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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