Pruning: Monkey puzzle growing too wide instead of up

Discussion in 'Araucariaceae' started by Stewart Jephcote, May 14, 2021.

  1. Stewart Jephcote

    Stewart Jephcote New Member

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    Hello, I have a monkey puzzle tree over twenty years old. It is fine but only six feet high. The lowest branches insist on doing all the groth and now I cannot access around and beyond the tree. I need to cut these green and healthy but long lowest brances back (but not off). I will be gone from this Earth before they turn brown and fall off. I cannot find any advice as to whether the tree will survive but I may have to chance it as it is blocking the back of my small garden in the Midlands of England. Any advice welcome that you might have picked up! Stewart.
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Should be OK; you might get a little browning off at the tips of the branches, and a lot of resin bleeding from the cut ends. I'd be more concerned that the aesthetics will be affected, it won't look as good as before the pruning.
     

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