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Old 06-06-2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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Trimming a Loropetalum tree?


Does anyone know how to trim a Loropetalum tree? We have one we planted fairly close to the house because they are supposed to stay small. While its height hasn't exceeded 10' it's getting rather dense.

http://www.wilsonbroslandscape.com/T...ropetalum.html

What's the proper way to trim, or perhaps even limb, a Loropetalum tree? Also, when is the best time (season) to perform the trimming?
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How close to the house is the trunk? The description you sent suggested it can get on average 6-8' in diameter. Cutting it back less than that will mean it will likely look lopsided.
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How close to the house is the trunk? The description you sent suggested it can get on average 6-8' in diameter. Cutting it back less than that will mean it will likely look lopsided.
Thanks for your response. It's about 4' from the house.

I watched a few YouTube videos this weekend on proper tree trimming. As a result, I was confident enough to attempt a pretty aggressive trimming that removed dead and crossing branches and a lot of the bulk that had developed over the years. I also made sure I didn't remove more than 1/4 of the branches. I think 1/3 is the limit.

The tree looks a whole lot better and is fairly even. With such an aggressive trimming is there any post-trimming things that I need to do such as watering, fertilizing, etc?
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Not really; the plant will heal itself. Obviously, if a drought, then water it as you would normally.
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