Pruning Filbert Hazelnut Trees

Pruning is an important part of maintaining your hazelnut tree, but many people find the task overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! You can have confidence in knowing that not everyone will prune the exact same way (even the experts).

NOTE: This is part 5 in a series of 8 articles. For a complete background on how to grow filbert hazelnut trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

Keep these pointers in mind:

  • Remove all branches but three to five main scaffold branches during the first winter.
  • Choose three to five strong, healthy branches, equally spaced around the tree.
  • The second season, prune any branches that appear to be competing with the scaffolding branches.
  • In the early years, if secondary limbs show narrow angles, you should remove them.
  • When the tree is dormant, corrective pruning consists of removing broken, interfering, dead, or disease branches.
  • If any branches are crossing, remove one of them.
  • Prune low limbs that may interfere with sprays or irrigation.
  • Remove limbs and vigorous shoots growing through the center, to allow light and air to penetrate.
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