pruning a dwarf golden cypress
I have several dwarf golden cypress that I want to keep small in size (no more than 3 ft high), What is the best way to prune this plants to keep their natural look and shape, and when is the proper time to prune them?
Prince George's County Maryland
Usually these plants don't need pruning but 'dwarf' can surely be a bit misleading.
The best time to prune would be late winter. To keep their natural, graceful look we'd suggest pruning them by hand as opposed to shearing them.
Be careful to not cut back as far as old, brown wood/trunk, as many evergreens can not produce new growth from there.
This Penn Live garden article by George Weigel discusses this: