Author(s): Riccardo Gucci and Claudio Cantini
Pruning olive trees is quite different from pruning other fruit trees of the temperate zone because of their biological peculiarities. Errors in pruning may result in yeild losses or higher cultivation costs. Pruning also determines the training system which in turn is one of the major factors for successful tree performance and orchard profitability. This text summarizes recent information and explains the basic concepts at a practical level. It should allow the reader, whether experienced horticulturist or beginner, to develop their own skills and pruning strategy.