Can I legally trim back a neighbor's tree limbs that are encroaching on my property and covering my own plants?

Question Details: My neighbor has a big oak tree growing just over our property lines but on his side. Several large lower tree branches have now grown way over into my yard covering up my own bushes and plants and blocking out sunlight. Do I have the right to have those branches cut back with or without my neighbors permission? He has told me that I can't without his permission.

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