In a document provided by the city of Montreal for home onwners, it states

"Choose branches that form a wide angle (50° to 100°) to the trunk which encourage them to bear fruit."

In the French version of the same document, it states 50° to 130°.

My understanding is that branches should stoop downward from the trunk:

|  <- max 130 degree
| \

or upward:

| /
|  <- max 130 degree

or anything in between, including perpendicular:


Is my understanding correct and is this generally what is recommended?

  • Personally I don't like such document. Every plant is different, and in particular fruit plants need to be pruned differently. It seems strange, but I thinkthe angles are from the upper part. (30 degree: up, nearly vertical). If you don't have weights, you get what the plant offers to you, so large angles. I would try not go much down: with leaves and fruit weight branches will go more down later. Mar 25, 2018 at 16:11
  • Now I know why francophone neighborhoods look different than english ones in Montreal. ;)
    – VividD
    Mar 25, 2018 at 16:42
  • I think the English version is better than French one. Those angles 100°-130°sound insane to me.
    – VividD
    Mar 25, 2018 at 21:14


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