pruning vintage gold cypress

Asked September 1, 2018, 10:45 AM EDT

I have several small ( about 2.5 ft ) vintage gold cypress (mops). I would like to prune them to retain their shape and to keep them from growing much larger than they are now. How should they be pruned and when should I prune them? Thanks

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Gold mop cypress is a Chamaecyparis pisifera. The young growth can be trimmed, but it you prune back to "old growth", in other words old brown wood, it will not grow back from that. Old, brown wood cannot sprout new growth and fill in. It will remain bare wood.

So, you can trim new, young wood in cold months when deciduous trees have lost their leaves. That would be from November thru February.