Pecan – Dropping Big Limbs

Limb Removal Olive

Q: We have a 60+ year old pecan tree that is dropping limbs. We’ve been told that pecan trees are self pruning. Is there a way to stop the limbs from dropping? The tree appears healthy with no visible damage to the limbs.

A: This looks like normal pecan behavior. Due to brittle wood, they lose big limbs regularly.

Pecan growers perform regular preventative pruning to keep limb weight balanced and not too vigorous.

Your best bet would be to hire a certified arborist to take a look.

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