Suckers branches growing from the base of the tree, whorls branches that grow from.
} Feb 07, On a mature fruit producing apple tree, pruning should remove the older, less fruit productive branches after their peak three to five year period. Summer is the best time to remove these older limbs when it is most obvious which ones those are. It is also a good time to prune diseased or damaged areas of the apple tree as they become stumplopping.clubted Reading Time: 3 mins.
Cut back the vigorous upright shoots that grow from the upper tree canopy in late summer toward the end of the growing season but long before the first killing stumplopping.clubg: Groton MA.