Shaping a young Japanese maple

Hi, I purchased a very young Empior l (or Bloodgood) Japanese maple last year. It’s only about 3 feet tall now. My question is: should it have a central leader as it grows higher? As this one doesn’t have. The…

Cultivating more patience than plant growth

In your gardening guide for roses, what does “Pruning removes potential leaf surface from the rose plant” mean, in your guide to cutting roses? With Irises and peonies, the plant branching isn’t so complicated, and they bloom over very short…

Mandevilla pruning

My mandevilla’s have lots of blossoms coming but the vines are now over reaching the trellis I put in the pots. Should I prune the ends to promote growth lower down in the plant or should I let the vines…

Juniper with brown interior

We have two overgrown junipers, 27 years old, beneath our southfacing front window. They are trimmed every year but last year when I tried to do a more severe trim I found that after 4” of greenery the entire interior…

Pruning Columnar Beech Trees

Hi, Last year we planted 8 beech trees (5-6 feet) and they are establishing well. The goal is to have them 10 feet tall and as dense, bushy as possible to provide privacy. What is the pruning approach? To you…

Maintaining willow shrub

Hello – Thank you for reading my question. I’d like to help my willow shrubs keep their vase-like shape after removing (almost all) the dead wood in Feb/March. They are 15-20 years old. Should I just cut 1-2 ft off…

Blue prince/princess hollies for a hedge

How much spacing is required to plant a blue prince/princess holly hedge? I have clay soil Planting along a foundation. Shady conditions, relatively dry Once obtained as a hedge can I use a hedge trimmer to get the shape required?…

Damaged Norfolk Island Pine

While transporting a very large Norfolk Island plant, branches were lost and broken off. Will it survive this kind of damage?…

Weeping Nootka cypress

When I purchased these trees I was concerned that they were not branched out, was told to cut off the leader. I did and now the trees aren’t getting bigger nor are they branching out? Did I damage the trees?…

pruning an amur maple

Is May a good time to prune an amur maple? It seems to form a canopy of leaves in the summer, so I’m concerned if I prune about 25% off the top now it may not leaf out sufficiently.…