Monday, February 25, 2013

What are Nodes and Internodes?

A node is the location on a branch where a bud, leaf, or fork is located. An internode is the space between two nodes.

Nodes and Internodes on an Apricot Tree
It's important to make sure that pruning cuts are made just above a node. If you cut a branch below the node or in the middle of an internode, the branch will die back to the nearest node as seen in the image above.

For more information regarding some of the pruning terms in this post visit our pruning page here.