Winter pruning is best for shaping a young tree or reshaping an older tree. It encourages the growth of vigorous new leafy wood. Do this before the sap begins to rise in spring. Summer pruning encourages the growth of less-vigorous fruiting wood, so it is the best time for trimming branches and renewing fruiting wood. Do this when the new growth is several centimetres long, and again after the fruit is harvested. Stonefruit trees should ONLY be pruned in summer, to reduce the risk of diseases.
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