This persimmon tree (Diospyros spp.) has been pruned by several different gardeners as well as the homeowners over the years. This has led to an inconsistent structure with some branches showing signs of rot from improper cuts. I cleared out a good deal of dead, dying, and diseased branches and pruned back some other branches to reduce fruit production in the spring while the tree is recovering from this pruning.
Above is a tree which a client had told me was declining and no longer producing a whole lot of fruit. They had originally contacted me to assess a large empress tree in their backyard. I saw this little apple tree in their front yard and asked them if they would be interested in having me improve its structure and vitality. Since the pruning this winter the tree has bounced back and been able to produce luscious fruit on strong branches.