Norfolk pine


I have a Norfolk Pine 8 foot tall it’s going on 9 feet it will not fit in my house anymore he’s very happy there are four stems the tallest one being the 9 foot I would like to know if I could chop it off at the bottom will the root system send out a new tree sprout ? I would hate to cut it down and not have something good come from it I don’t want to top it unless I have to I would preferred to just cut it off all the way but not if it’s not going to send out a new sprout. I was looking for a new home for it but no one wants a 5 foot round plant that is 8 feet tall. The only class I see out of cutting it and it not sending out to shit is it won’t be 5 feet round anymore.


It sounds like the care and conditions that you have provided resulted in a thriving Norfolk pine.  I’m sorry to hear that your tree has outgrown the space that you have for it.

Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla) is native to Norfolk Island in the South Pacific between Australia and New Zealand.

In general, as Norfolk Island pines grow upward, the trunk thickens, and the branches increase in size.  Usually, the only required pruning is removal of any brown branch tips and dead branches.  Cutting of the growing tip will destroy its natural symmetrical shape.

To control the height of the plant you can cut off the top of the tree (growing point), at a point just above where the branches grow out from the trunk. You will be removing the leader of the tree. This will now be the new top of the tree. Before you make this cut, make sure you are 100% certain how tall you want the tree. You have only one chance since once you make the cut you can’t glue the top back on. Use sharp, clean secateurs and in time the cut will heal over.

You can reshape the entire tree by decreasing the length of all the branches making sure to keep its natural cone shape of shorter branches on top and longer branches on the bottom.

This is the recommended method to reduce height, however, you indicated that there are four stems, so it may be possible to remove one and still have an attractive plant. Please note that no new growth is likely to result from the cut.

Here is a link to more information on how to prune a Norfolk Island pine: