Effects of Pruning on Avocado Trees

  • Apr 22, 2013

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pruning California avocado trees. In general, prune with a purpose and do so with a full understanding of the avocado tree growth cycle and how trees respond to branch removal.

Effects of pruning on avocado trees

  • Research indicates pruned trees generate lower yields than un-pruned trees. Avocados bear fruit on new growth and are peripheral bearers; therefore, when pruning, removing new growth reduces yield but can help manage alternate bearing cycles.
  • Pruning reduces production, or yield, of trees; in proportion to severity of pruning.
  • Severe pruning can throw trees into alternate bearing.