If you take time to look, you will find beauty in every season. Take a dormant apple spur for example. Oh, I know this short, wrinkled shoot is not much to look at, but with a little imagination you can picture the leaves and fruit it will soon bear. Spring will be here before we know it.
Did you know that apple trees bear mixed buds meaning that they contain both flowers and leaves? Most mixed buds are found at the terminal end of spurs on two-year or older wood, so that is where the fruit will develop. These spurs may continue to bear fruit for ten years or more so we need to be careful not to damage them during annual pruning. Smaller buds elsewhere in the canopy are usually vegetative but still important as their photosynthesis sustains the tree and the developing fruit.
Fruit Tree Pruning Resources:
- Pruning and Training Fruit Trees – Iowa State University
- Training and Pruning Fruit Trees – NC State University
- Pruning to restore an old, neglected apple tree – Oregon State University
- How to Prune Apple vs. Peach Trees (video) – Utah State University