These Are The Trees That Can Be Pruned During Winter

These Are The Trees That Can Be Pruned During Winter

If you’ve read our post on the importance and benefits of pruning your trees in the winter months, then you may be wondering which trees you should be pruning.

As a good rule of thumb, most deciduous trees are better suited to be pruned during the winter. You’ll know a deciduous tree because it sheds its leaves before entering its dormant stage. This makes for ideal pruning conditions and is a good starting point when deciding which trees you may want to have pruned during the winter.

A late winter pruning would be best for an oak tree.

Here is a list of common Midwestern trees that are safe to prune during the winter:

Oak – Known for their spirally-arranged or wide, serrated leaves and their acorns. Many types of oaks don’t actually drop their dead leaves until near spring, so a late-winter pruning may be best for these types. Popular species in the Midwest include the White oak, Chestnut oak, and Willow oak, among others.

Dogwood – Typically identifiable by its scaly, easily-peeled bark, most dogwoods have a rounded leaf and white flowers during the spring.

PeeGee Hydrangea – Though not technically a tree, it is still an ideal plant to prune in the winter. Growing up to 25 feet in height, the “tree” can have multiple trunks and white to yellowish flowers.

Birch – Generally smaller to medium in size, birch trees are identified by their characteristic bark, which has long vertical markings and is papery in texture. Birch is better suited to be pruned in early winter, as they produce more sap during their dormant stages (late winter to spring). Popular Midwestern species include the Yellow birch, River birch, and Gray birch.

Keep an eye out for dead and dying branches.

Hickory – This hardwood can have feather-like leaves or large, rounded leaves with serrated edges, and large nuts. Typical hickories found in the Midwest include the Bitternut hickory, Sand hickory, and Mockernut hickory (to name a few).

Also, most coniferous (cone-bearing) trees don’t need much pruning, but needled evergreens like the spruce and fir should be pruned in late winter before active growth starts.

Remember, when thinking about pruning, keep an eye out for:

  • Dead/Dying Branches and Twigs
  • Rubbing or Crossing Branches, especially ones growing toward the inside of the canopy
  • Branches that pose a potential hazard to roadways and the surrounding property
  • Branches that are growing more quickly than the rest of the tree

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