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Can I prune my fig tree?

15 years ago

A friend gave me a potted cutting when she cut back her fig four years ago. It rooted fine and has grown about a foot a year since. I have never gotten any fruit. The limbs are tall and bare, and the leaves are all at the top. I've been told that I shouldn't prune because fruit only forms on the last year's growth, but since I've never had any fruit I'm willing to lose next year's crop because I doubt there will be one.

I love the shape of the leaves and wouldn't care if I ever got fruit if I could just turn it into a shorter, bushier plant that was pleasing to look at. Can I prune it severely, and if so, how should I angle the cuts?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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