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Which Trees Need the Most Pruning?


All trees require maintenance to ensure optimal health and well-being, but some require more attention than others. While having trees on your property is a rewarding way to enhance your home’s beauty, you must be prepared to put in the time to prune your trees regularly.

Periodical tree pruning helps to assure their health and the safety of nearby people and property. When you make the decision as to what types of trees you would like to have on your property, consider the amount of time and money you are willing to put in to keep them maintained. Here are a few of the tree species that require the most pruning:

Willow TreesApple orchard

Willows are one the most popular tree species in the United States. Highly resistant to diseases and temperature changes, they can thrive in many different climates. They are also one of the best species of privacy tree as their distinctive leaves create a lot of coverage for your property. They grow very quickly – up to six feet per year – and can live for up to 30 years. The willow tree, however, is also somewhat high-maintenance; their roots are famously aggressive in their search for water and can damage pipes and pavement if not properly controlled. Their fast growth also means they require more pruning than most other trees.

Apple Trees

Growing fresh fruit in your yard is an enviable and healthy way to always have a delicious snack on hand. Apple trees and other fruit trees come in many different sizes and can thrive throughout most of Oregon. They do require quite a bit of care in order to stay healthy; fruit growing on the tree means that they can easily attract parasitic insects. They are also particularly vulnerable to certain diseases, which can spread from one plant to the next and devastate whole orchards if you aren’t diligent in your tree care. Regular inspection and quick removal of any damaged or diseased branches will help to minimize the risk of losing your prized apple tree.


Eucalyptus trees are famous for their distinctive, pleasing smell and can help to foster a calming, relaxed atmosphere on your property. Native to Australia, not all varieties of eucalyptus can survive in Oregon due the cold snaps we experience during the winter. Hardier varieties, from the coldest parts of Australia, are your best bet when planting eucalyptus anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. These trees are among the fastest-growing in the world, growing about ten feet per year. Eucalyptus trees are particularly heavy due to the resin that fills the wood and if they aren’t pruned regularly, the trees can become too top-heavy and cause branches to fall unexpectedly.

Maple Trees

Another easily recognizable tree, maples come in a wide variety of species and hybrids. These trees are famous for the dazzling colors their leaves take on in the fall and they can be found in a number of different sizes. If you do decide to cultivate maple trees on your property, you will need to think about caring for them even before you plant. Make sure that your soil is acid or neutral; alkaline soil can cause the leaves to become malnourished and lead to stunted tree growth. You’ll also need to ensure that the soil maintains moisture well; a layer of mulch around the base of the tree can help to accomplish this. Maples are known for their gorgeous shapes, which can be maintained with regular tree pruning. The best time to do so is in the late spring, and you must take care not to over-trim your tree. It is best to prune a little bit every year to maintain optimum health for your maple tree.

Sweet Gum

Sweet gum trees are native to the Pacific Northwest and known primarily for the brown, sticky sweet gum balls that they drop. Another example of a tree with striking autumn colors, the sweet gum tree does very well in the Oregon climate and actually doesn’t require very much direct maintenance. The reason it is included on this list is due to the brown, spiked balls that it drops, which can litter a yard and pose a threat to people walking around, especially barefoot. While there are varieties of sweet gum that have been bred to minimize the presence of these gum balls, you will most likely have to prune out the excessive ones yourself or otherwise spend time raking them up in your yard.

Linden Trees

Linden trees are a great source of shade during the summer. Another species native to the Pacific Northwest, the linden tree produces distinctive white-to-yellow flowers and a unique, nut like fruit. Linden trees are included on this list because they are particularly vulnerable to attack from invasive insect species such as aphids, and as such require additional care. When you trim this tree, carefully inspect the leaves and branches for any signs of insect presence. If you do notice that there are aphids crawling around on your tree, they can be smothered with essential oils or dealt with through careful application of pesticides.

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