pruning a copper beech

Mara Murphy asked 13 years ago

We’ve cleared rampantly overgrown hedging and cut away lots of ivy around this 20′ tree and it seems to have responded – it’s bushier with more foliage. But it is still very twiggy and scraggly looking with as many small bare branches as leaf-bearing. Should we prune, and how – we’re total beginners?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
If there is space for a copper beech to grow, leave to its own devices. It will drop whatever portions of its branch system are not functioning.

In a year or two, take an overview and if any parts make it look mishapen or out of proportion, then prune these off in late winter.