pruning japanese snowbell

Asked July 16, 2016, 12:50 PM EDT

This tree was transplanted and was struggling. It is now alive, but has terrible form. Is there an attractive way to prune it or should it be forsaken?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Since the tree is relatively young, it's worth trying to save. I found this link https://www.arborday.org/media/stormrecovery/for-homeowners.cfm

However, you will want to be conservative about how you do this. You may want to wait until fall to do any drastic cuts. OSU extension has this publication https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1438

According to what I read about this type of tree is that it can tend more to a 'shrub-like' plant and that to get more of a tree form, you want to establish a 'central leader'. If you don't feel comfortable with doing this, contacting a certified arborist may be the way to go. However, for such a small tree, the cost/benefit to save versus replace may be too expensive unless you combine it with other tree work.

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