too tall Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden mop"

Asked February 15, 2020, 7:48 PM EST

I understand pruning technique for this plant to make it less wide but with the best time to prune fast approaching I need some advice on reducing its height? It's probably about six feet tall now.

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Good morning. An evergreen plant like Chamaecyparis 'Gold Mop' is best-taken back in small amounts over several years if you want to reduce the overall height and still maintain the nice form of the plant. Take a look at our page on pruning and see the section about "heading back" a shrub, https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/pruning-shrubs-and-hedges. You can head back about a third of the stems in one year, another third next year, and so on, to bring the plant down to the desired height gradually. This video has some good tips about maintaining this particular variety,
https://youtu.be/5JQyFZccvVE

Christa