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Structural pruning and the ability to withstand winds

A 2007 study by Dr. Ed Gilman (U. of Florida) sought to determine if structural pruning enhances the ability of trees to withstand winds up to Category 1 hurricane force (i.e., sustained winds of 74-95 mph). He concluded that structurally pruning to reduce the length of upright branches competing with the leader on young red maple (Acer rubrum L. ‘Florida Flame’) trees does indeed reduce the risk of wind-induced tree failure. His findings can guide arborists in developing pruning best practices for shade trees. Read more about this research, partially funded by a Hyland Johns grant from the TREE Fund, on the TREE Fund website.

 

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