|This Beech tree lost half of its canopy when a major branch
split from the weight of unusual spring growth.
In all honesty, pruning alone wouldn't have prevented this damage -- the tree needed to be cabled and braced because of the size and weight of the "branch" (really a second trunk, which is never a good idea for a big tree). For a typical tree however, pruning some of the branches could remove enough weight to prevent this kind of damage.
What is the future of this tree? Not good. While it might survive the loss of the branch (with a little help from Almstead), aesthetically it's lost half of its canopy. I wouldn't be surprised if, within a few years, the owners opt for removal.
Jeff Delaune, Almstead arborist, New Rochelle