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    Catalpa Prunning question

    I recently transplanted a catalpa tree (Catalpa speciosa) during the dormant season in eastern Nebraska. I grew this tree from a little 6 inch start purchased from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. It has really taken off and is now over 10 ft tall after about 2 years!

    My question is there are some lower branches that I would like to remove due to poor branch attachment angles. They are about 2 ft from the ground and are a significant size (2 to 3 inch diameter). Should I take them off now or wait for the tree to recover from the transplant stress?

    When I transplanted the tree, I dug it out with a tile spade. It was a lot of work The reason I mention this is I am worried that I did not get enough root mass and I am wondering how that will affect the over tree health if I hack a limb off.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    RE: Catalpa Prunning question

    If you have any doubts, wait a year and let the roots get more established before removing those branches. But I would probably prune them now myself--as long as the upper branches are enough for the tree to maintain its health.

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