How to Prune a Hawthorn Tree

Updated February 21, 2017

Hawthorn trees are a type of landscaping tree that can add beauty and functionality to a landscape design. Trees can be used to add shade to a yard, as well as to reduce or prevent erosion problems by holding more soil in place with their roots. Keeping a hawthorn tree healthy will ensure that it lives for many years and retains its appearance. In addition to adding fertiliser to the soil, regular pruning will help keep the tree healthy.

Prune the hawthorn tree in June or July, before the flower buds have set, according to the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Check the tree for damaged, diseased or dying branches. Cut these branches back to the trunk of the tree and dispose of them.

Remove any suckers from the base of the tree. Suckers will sap nutrients from the rest of the tree and make it more susceptible to disease and pest damage.

Shape the tree and remove any branches that make the appearance of the tree unbalanced or tilted. Trim straggling branches and branches that add too much weight to the tree.


Only trim the tree before the buds have set or to repair damaged or diseased portions of the tree. Pruning the tree during the remainder of the year can cause damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
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