Young Willow Acacia Pruning Advice

  • Mon, June 05, 2017 7:34 PM
    Message # 4882191
    I have been really happy with the willow acacia I received in the fall of 2015 from the shade tree program. His name is Cousin It. :) Today, I received a notice from my HOA requiring that I prune this tree. I have been reluctant to prune it since it is only 1.5 years old.It is about 8 feet tall and has branches close to the ground, which is in violation of a 4 foot minimum clearance.I know summer is not a good time to prune trees too much, so will ask for an extension. My question is if its safe to prune a 4 feet ground clearance for this young tree? I appreciate any advice! 


    Here is a picture of the willow acacia.

    http://imgur.com/a/gXFSi

    Last modified: Mon, June 05, 2017 8:11 PM | Chris Coffman
  • Mon, July 10, 2017 2:02 PM
    Reply # 4962163 on 4882191

    I generally apply the 1/3 rule: Only remove branches from the lower third of the tree's over all height. So your 8' tree, I'd only take off about 2 1/2 feet. When it's 12' tall, then you can make the HOA gods happy! :) 

  • Sun, July 16, 2017 3:07 AM
    Reply # 4978467 on 4962163
    Erik Wilson wrote:

    I generally apply the 1/3 rule: Only remove branches from the lower third of the tree's over all height. So your 8' tree, I'd only take off about 2 1/2 feet. When it's 12' tall, then you can make the HOA gods happy! :) 

    Thank you for your sage advice! HOA gods should be content for now and no problems despite the summer heat!

    http://imgur.com/a/7mruI

    Last modified: Sun, July 16, 2017 3:10 AM | Chris Coffman

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