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.

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Nodes and Internodes on an Apricot Tree
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.

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