When transplanting a bare-rooted citrus tree, would it be better to prune back the tree or to just let it be? Does the answer depend on whether the tree is showing signs of stress or not? Keep in mind a tree stores large energy reserves in its stems and trunk. The question then is whether the tree would benefit more from this reserve by not pruning or from reducing the load on the root system with pruning? Assume the parts being pruned will be pruned anyway at a later date because of damage, poor placement (e.g. crossing branches), or reshaping.