How to Prune Grand Fir


A grand fir tree is an evergreen tree that may grow as tall as 125 feet. These trees grow natively throughout the northwestern region of the U.S. With proper care, a grand fir tree will provide a striking presence in a landscape as well as beneficial shade. Extensive pruning of a grand fir tree is not a requirement; however, pruning young grand fir trees in late winter will help train the trees to grow as desired.

Step 1

Look at the tree carefully immediately after planting if possible. For the best start make the growth above the ground equal to the root system below the ground. Use the hand shears to remove small limbs to leave one strong central leader trunk. Remove any limbs that cross each other because this rubbing may result in areas where disease can enter the tree. Remove branches that are crowded or that will grow to create weak intersections for the tree.

Step 2

Inspect the grand fir tree every year in the late winter before the growing season begins. If you pruned the tree after planting, little annual pruning is likely to be necessary because the tree will be growing according to the initial pruning.

Step 3

Spread the tarp under the tree to collect the falling branches and limbs. This will streamline the cleanup process. Set up the stepladder to reach branches if necessary.

Step 4

Use the pole saw to reach high, larger branches that are broken or are crowding each other. Remove these branches back to the first intersection. Use the hand shears to reach smaller branches that are broken or crowding each other.

Step 5

Pull the tarp up when you are finished pruning, and discard the removed limbs and branches.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never prune the grand fir during the growing season. The bark is very fragile during this time, and pruning may lead to a fungal infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Pole saw
  • Hand shears
  • Tarp
  • Stepladder


  • Pruning a Grand Fir
  • Grand Fir Trees
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