Pruning a Sumac Staghorn Tree

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geraldine kennedy asked 14 years ago

We have a beautiful Staghorn tree in a corner of our garden which is close to a public footpath. It appears to be very happy there. However, the tree is 4 yrs old now and has grown quite a bit, and is growing some low branches which are jutting out in the way of pedestrians using the footpath. Can we prune this without any risk to the wellbeing of the tree and if so, when is the best time to do it? Also is it something we can do ourselves or should we get a professional?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 6 years ago
If, at 4 years, this tree is already getting too large, it is likely to be too big at maturity and about 3 metres tall.

But if you prune it up, taking off lower branches, maybe not.

You can cut low branches off in late winter, easily done, no need for professional help, but be careful about the yellow sap that exudes.