When you prune your fruit tree, it will stimulate fast growing water sprouts. These long, weak branches will shade the inner canopy from receiving sun light. Inside of the canopy, there are important, slow growing branches called spurs. Spurs are identified by their rough texture. This texture is caused by the terminal bud scars stacked one on top of the other. Nodes and internodes are also close together. Below you will see examples of spurs on several popular fruit tree varieties.
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|Apple Tree Spur|
|Peach Tree Spur|
|Pear Tree Spurs|
|Apricot Tree Spur|
|Cherry Tree Spur|
Spurs contain fruiting buds. Because spurs grow slowly, they are attached to older, more sturdy branches. Fruiting buds on sturdy branches should have priority over weak, spindly branches. Pruning fruit trees will open up the canopy and allow more light to penetrate to the fruiting spurs, thus giving you a better fruit yield.
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