Limb Spreaders


Improve your tree’s structural form. Spreading limbs opens up a tree’s canopy to allow for more light and air circulation. This promotes tree health and increases fruit size and quality. Gently wedge these lightweight, sturdy plastic limb spreaders between a tree’s young, pliable branches and its trunk to encourage wider, stronger branch angles (about 45 degrees from vertical). A great investment — reuse year after year! We suggest using 6" and 9" spreaders for stone fruit trees like cherries, peaches, and plums and 9" and 12" spreaders for fruit trees like apples and pears.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have some unruly fruit trees that need some guidance.
Michael F on May 15, 2021
Shaping young fruit and flowering crabapple trees
Eileen U on May 15, 2021
I have some unruly fruit trees that need some guidance.
Michael F on May 15, 2021
I have a number of trees that keep crowding branches from the base and I want to see if I can separate the trees canopy first before deciding how or what to cut back and get better air flow for fruiting and flowering.
Rebecca H on May 15, 2021
Shaping young fruit and flowering crabapple trees
Eileen U on May 15, 2021
Need them
NANCY F on May 15, 2021
one of few places that sell them
PATRICIA J on May 1, 2021
To help with spreading the branches on our apple trees.
Michael M on Apr 26, 2021
A gift for a friend with a peach tree that needs some TLC!
Elizabeth B on Apr 25, 2021
Need them.
Michael S on Apr 17, 2021
To assist with shaping my fruit trees I am going for a double layer effect of the fruit chalice or bowl from the center of my peach trees I'm growing them more like giant bushes instead of letting them tree too tall.
Robert C on Apr 16, 2021
We have a peach tree that has 2 limbs rubbing on one another and they are both good producing limbs, albeit a young tree, it has produced a good amount of fruit in the last season.
Michael on Apr 15, 2021
I want to train my young fruit trees to have stronger branches.
RACHAEL L. on Apr 12, 2021
Suggested by a tree expert.
Rhonda S on Apr 5, 2021
This looks like an easier way than my grandmothers- she taught me to tie rocks to tree limbs in late winter/early spring to shape her trees!
Regina W on Apr 4, 2021
Pretty obvious lol. <3 Stark Bros.
Hydie F on Mar 25, 2021
Tried making my own limb spreaders and they didn't work out. These were reasonably priced.
Gerard D on Mar 23, 2021
Help with pruning and growing of young fruit trees.
Wendy F on Mar 23, 2021
Have numerous fruit trees that need training apples peaches and plums
Gregory H on Mar 21, 2021
need for my pear trees
Pat M on Mar 21, 2021
going to try them out
DAVID S on Mar 19, 2021
I have a young heirloom apple tree that I have been babying for years from my Grandma and there are now several limbs that need encouragement in what direction they need to go.
Cynthia S on Mar 8, 2021
My apple tree limb are growing up instead of out. I need the help of spreaders.
Andrea L B on Mar 6, 2021
Could have used wood but these seemed so much better. Planted two apple trees last year. Getting ready to prune.
Nicholas Z on Mar 5, 2021
For my fruit trees that are growing scraggly
Christine s on Mar 4, 2021
Needed for pear tree which has narrow branch angles.
GEORGE S on Jan 22, 2021
To spread limba on crepe myrtles, so they will not rub together
Aaron H on Jan 13, 2021
former customer
Darrell B on Sep 28, 2020
spreading young multi stem crepe myrtle to create better posture
William M on Sep 22, 2020
Because I had cages around my new trees, some of the limbs have started to grow straight up. We removed the cages this spring and I want to spread their limbs a little to give them more room for sun and fruit.
Tammi S on Jun 24, 2020
Going to experiemtn
James F on Jun 22, 2020
Looks like a great solution for spreading the limbs apart!
Steve J on Jun 21, 2020
Because they work
Maureen M on Jun 6, 2020
I needed something to spread my limbs on my fruit trees .
Chelle on May 27, 2020
To help my fruit trees
Joann B on Apr 16, 2020
Help to shape our young trees
Rob F on Mar 26, 2020
Spread limbs for better fruit bearing.
Homer B on Jul 26, 2019
Some of my fruit tree limbs need to be stretched apart a bit.
Kathryn D on Jun 24, 2019
For fruit trees planted last year
Ruth M on Apr 27, 2019
I have ordered these limb spreaders in various sizes before and needed more. I love them.
HEIDEMARIE on Oct 7, 2018
A must, if you want to train your trees right. I will also employ some of the more "cost effective" methods out there (hanging rocks, anchoring to stakes in the ground, etc), but I want to incorporate the spreaders as well.
Patrick W on May 15, 2018
My CandyCrisp is too upright and needs these badly. Product has good reviews.
js12981 on May 2, 2018
Used them for years and the 6 and 9 inch we use a lot, they work
Paul Bryan J on Feb 8, 2018
I have some young peach trees I want to start training.
Brian M on May 22, 2017
To help the young trees in the orchard!!
Sandra B on Mar 12, 2017
These limb spreaders are convenient when training young Trees in a backyard setting. They do the job and their bright color helps remind you not to leave them there so long that you damage the tree. They can be re used over and over, though they may eventually crack or break from weather.
Debbie on Feb 18, 2017
I have used them before and they work well for apple trees.
William L on Nov 30, 2016
want to shape my apple trees
eileen b on Oct 17, 2016
These are really handy to spread the limbs out so more sunlight can enter.
JAMES W on Jun 3, 2016
branches grow up need to get the angle off the main stem closer to a 90 angle
steven w on May 16, 2016
I have used these before - they improve fruit production
Michael V on Apr 1, 2016
i read an article in The Progressive Farmer
Jenny W on Mar 31, 2016
I have a number of trees that keep crowding branches from the base and I want to see if I can separate the trees canopy first before deciding how or what to cut back and get better air flow for fruiting and flowering.
Rebecca H on May 15, 2021
Need them
NANCY F on May 15, 2021
Where are the limb spreaders made?
Adam J on Aug 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These limb spreaders are made in the USA (Traverse City, MI).
How long do branch spreaders have to stay in place?
C S on Dec 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Depends on the tree but I usually leave the limb spreader in place from early spring until I prune in the winter. I then remove them and if I'm happy with where it stays I reuse on some new young trees. I get several years use usually.
I bought 2 bare root apple trees this past spring. What age do I start using limb spreaders?
Deborah W on Sep 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You may begin using limb spreaders on existing young branches as soon as your trees break dormancy in the spring. You may also use as needed on new growth all throughout the summer.
How soon after planting can the limb spreaders be used?
Linda Y on Aug 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Once the limbs are strong enough to hold the spreaders. Often this is 1 year after planting.

Customer Reviews

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So so
Several of the "y" ends broke at the base on my spreaders so I no longer had a y that catches & holds the branch. The material should be thicker to withstand the pressure of wind, etc on the tree.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Spreaders of different lengths work well...only concern is the v shape ends break very easily. I have purchased spreaders before and will again. Oh, cost is reasonable.

Thank you,
Bill Snothetly
March 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Useful but not sturdy
These limb spreaders work well, but I snapped the first one of them when placing. Using a much more gentle touch I had no problem.
May 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
No issues
I've been using these on my 50+ fruit trees in my home orchard for 3 seasons now with no issue. They are very durable and stay on my trees for the whole season through most weather.

I would buy these again.
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
Use these each and every year!
These are the best spreaders I've been able to find. They stay in the trees, in place, all season long, and are easy to sterilize with bleach and reuse. Worth having to direct the growth of maturing fruit trees!
August 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Limb Spreaders
These are great, and they work quite well. The only downside is that some occasionally fall out on windy days, but this is easily resolved.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Nothing like homegrown fruit.
It is very important that apple trees, especially young ones, get a lot of light and wind breezes through their limbs in order to mature into great fruit producers. This is accomplished by three activities: (1) planting in correct location, (2) pruning, and (3) using leaf spreaders.

My young apple tree is turning three years old and should start producing a limited crop this year. Last year it had blossoms but a late frost prevented their development. Also note that feeding it some soil enhancer is equally important.
March 13, 2016
over 5 years ago
good buy
unlike most tree spreaders, these are well made and don't bruise or rub the tree limbs. I am hoping the work well for my trees but so far so good
May 24, 2018
over 3 years ago
I purchased the tree branch spreaders for my husband to use on several young fruit trees we had just purchased. I haven't heard anything negative from him about them, so I believe he is probably very satisfied with them. They seem to work very well and that's what counts. Thank you.

April 4, 2018
over 3 years ago
Limb Spreaders
Really love these. Glad I ordered all 3 sizes. We'll see how they weather the winter.
November 20, 2016
over 4 years ago