An Illustrated Guide to Pruning

  • AUTHOR: Dr. Edward F. Gilman
  • ISBN-13: 9781111307301 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 352 Pages  Paperback 
  • 3rd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2002, 1997
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

Well written and easy to understand, An ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO PRUNING, Third Edition is filled with updated illustrations, photographs, and examples designed to help readers understand and implement the appropriate pruning practices that are vital to developing sustainable structure in the first 25 years of a tree's life. With coverage of numerous different tree species as well as information about the challenges associated with pruning such as disease prevention, root pruning, mature tree pruning, and restoration following storms, students will be prepared to identify and understand good tree structure and pruning practices. Filled with simple tables, lists, and strategies, this completely updated guide to pruning makes it easy to teach the presented pruning techniques in accordance with nationally recognized ANSI A-300 standards.


  • Detailed protocol for pruning different aged trees provides the specifics needed for instructors to teach the emerging practice of preventive tree care.
  • Coverage of pruning specifications and why they are crucial to good tree care is included in order to provide readers with precise and easy-to-understand information.
  • A focus on preventive tree care through pruning provides readers with the information necessary to save young and medium-aged trees from later problems.
  • Coverage of topics such as tree biology, structural pruning, and nursery pruning provide readers with the latest techniques and tips available.
  • Color has been added to the illustrations to better highlight the techniques being shown.

About the Contributor

  • Dr. Edward F. Gilman

    Dr. Gilman received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1980 in forest plant pathology and is a professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has assembled a unique urban tree teaching program for helping municipalities, contractors, arborists, educators, growers, landscapers, and others design and implement programs for promoting better tree health in cities. He conducts educational programs in tree selection, nursery production, and urban tree management nation-wide for a large variety of audiences. Dr. Gilman is a Florida chapter ISA past-president. He has published more than 96 scientific peer reviewed journal articles in his 30 years in academia and industry and has won numerous awards. His research emphasizes tree pruning, nursery production, anchorage, and tree establishment. He has published more than 150 technical articles in newsletters and trade magazines and annually presents research results to colleagues at professional meetings across the US and throughout the world. He is the author of six books and maintains an extensive web site on urban trees, enjoying life in Gainesville Florida where he and his wife Betsy raised their two daughters, Samantha and Megan.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Pruning.
2. Plant Selection, Placement, and Management: The Best Way to Minimize Pruning Needs.
3. Tree Structure.
4. Tree Biology.
5. Pruning Cuts.
6. Pruning Tools.
7. When to Prune.
8. Nursery Shade Tree Production Pruning: Developing the Trunk and Leader.
9. Nursery Shade Tree Production Pruning: Developing the Crown.
10. Developing and Maintaining Special Forms.
11. Structural Pruning of Shade Trees in the Landscape: Strategies.
12. Structural Pruning of Shade Trees in the Landscape: Execution
13. Pruning Types on Established Trees.
14. Mature and Storm Damaged Trees.
15. Maintaining Special Trees and Sites.
16. Root Pruning.
17. Standards and Specifications.
18. Shrub Pruning.

New to this Edition

  • Coverage has been updated to include numerous species examples of all pruning methods, expanded sections on palm and veteran tree care, and two new chapters that detail root pruning and mature tree pruning, including restoration following storms.
  • More than 200 new color photographs have been added in order to provide examples of pruning trees in real-world situations.
  • More than 50 new illustrations have been added in order to clarify pruning cuts, tree structure, and specialized pruning techniques.
  • Additional tables have been added so that readers are able to easily compare concepts.