Rules on How to Trim an Avocado Tree


Native to Central America and the West Indies, the avocado tree made its way up to Northern America as its popularity grew in the 1800s. The tree is an evergreen, meaning it keeps its leaves throughout the year. Fruit size varies considerably from plant to plant, and is established when growing conditions are ideal and the tree has matured. If you don't follow the rules on how to trim an avocado tree, fruit will never develop properly.

Step 1

Removes suckers from the bottom of a young tree, leaving one larger leader trunk. Cut the suckers completely away, down to the dirt. This trains the tree and promotes healthy growth.

Step 2

Prune away lower branches so that the tree starts at knee height. This prevents blossoms and fruit from succumbing to water damage during heavy storms and keeps pests away.

Step 3

Cut away larger shoots that are greater than one-third the size of the trunk. These larger branches require too much energy to grow. Cutting them away promotes healthy, young growth and better fruit production.

Step 4

Remove any branches growing vertically or crossing each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


  • NSW Agriculture: Avocado Growing
  • University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources: Pruning Small Avocado Trees
  • California Avocado Society: Pruning Avocado Trees
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