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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
Pear trees have a different form than an apple tree does. I try to push vertical growth with a pear tree, as opposed to horizontal with apples. If there are several similar sized branches coming out of the center trunk, at this point Iíd probably leave them. If youíre gonna prune them off, go slow. Take one out a year....prune it to hard at one time can kill a tree. Any limb that comes from the main trunk at a sharp upward angle is always going to produce weaker wood. A simple way to look at it....you have the junction of too much bark, less wood. That makes it splitting prone. A limb that comes out at a more horizonal and relaxed angle will produce stronger wood.
Whether you choose to prune those main branches or not, make sure to cut out any limbs that cross each other, vertical shoots coming off of older wood, and water sprouts around the base.