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As you are well aware, cutting down a fruit tree is subject to many prohibitions. You ask about pruning down which is more easily permissible. ShulchanAruchHarav brings details here Some Poskim rule it is forbidden to break a branch off from a fruit bearing tree [without one of the above-mentioned justifiable reasons]. Other Poskim however rule it is ...


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OU Kosher here writes as follows: There is a Biblical prohibition to cut down a fruit tree based on verses in Devarim (20:19-20). From the Talmud and poskim it emerges that there are several exemptions to this restriction. The prohibition does not apply in any of the following situations: (a) the tree is old and no longer produces a kav of fruit (volume of ...


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