Sources for More Information

Bulletin #1: How to Prune Young Shade Trees


These two outstanding books include sections on pruning young trees, but cover much more about tree care and urban forestry:

  • Arboriculture — Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines in the Landscape
    by Richard W. Harris , James R. Clark, and Nelda P. Matheny. 687 pp.
  • Urban — Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces
    by Robert W. Miller. 502 pp.

These are specifically dedicated to pruning, both young and mature trees and other plants:

  • All About Pruning
    An Ortho Book.
  • An Illustrated Guide to Pruning
    by Edward T. Gilman
  • The Complete Guide to Landscape, Design, Renovation and Maintenance
    by Cass Turnbull


Training Young Trees For Structure and Form. A 30-minute video by Larry Costello and available from:

International Society of Arboriculture
PO Box 3129
Champaign, IL 61826
Phone: (217)-355-9411 or visit

Leaflets and Booklets

  • Homeowner’s Guide for Beautiful, Safe and Healthy Trees
    USDA Forest Service
    Northeastern Experiment Station Publications
    359 Main Road
    Delaware, OH 43015
    Downloadable from:
  • ANSI A300 Pruning Standard

    Available from the International Society of Arboriculture; see above listing.

  • Caring For Young Trees From Nurseries to Landscapes
    P.O. Box 2466
    Snohomish, WA 98291-2466

More Information

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