Apricots are pruned during the early development and as they
mature. It is not uncommon to take out the 2-year or older branches
that begin to bend down. Cut them back entirely to an upright
growing branch; do not head them. Remove shoots from the center
of the tree and cut out interfering limbs and dead and diseased
wood. In wet winter areas, apricots should be pruned in late
August to allow time for the pruning wounds to close. This will
help to prevent Eutypa fungus from invading the tree. Allow 6
weeks prior to the beginning of winter rains for wounds to close.
Avoid cutting into the branch bark ridge, which is where new
tissue that promotes wound closure originates.