Sacrifice branch

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ESCAPE or SACRIFICE BRANCH

Branch(es) placed (usually very low) on the trunk to help increase the caliper of the trunk. These sacrifice branches are not intended as part of the tree's final design.

  • "Sacrifice" implies the branch will be grown on to be sacrificed later.
  • "Escape" means that the branch is allowed to escape the design - or the pruners - with the intention of removing it at some point in the future.

ESCAPE or SACRIFICE BRANCH

Branch A is very low on the trunk. Low branches like this may tend to make the plant look more like a shrub than a tree. Our first inclination might be to prune it off; however, low branches like this can be useful under certain circumstances:

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1. one might be tempted to leave it on as an "escape branch" to help increase the caliper of the trunk! Some call it a "Sacrifice Branch" because it will be grown on to sacrifice later. "Escape" means that the branch is allowed to escape the design - or the pruners - with the intention of removing it at some point in the future.

2. A very low branch might serve as a secondary trunk in a multi-trunk design.

HINT: A tree's trunk at any given point will thicken in response to the foliage load ABOVE that point. If you want the trunk thicker, you may keep an out-of-position branch to help the trunk develop as you want it to.