Here is a simple slide show with a simplified breakdown of when to make what cuts to produce a short productive fruit bush. Thank you Chuck Ingels. For apples, pears, asian pears, and cherries this strategy is especially effective. For peach, nectarine, pluot, plum, and apricot a little more finesse can make a big increase in fruit yield. More on that later. Either way, this general method is the outline for maintaining all school orchard trees.